COLORADO: Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Friday designed to create the world’s first state-level banking system for legal cannabis companies, which have complained that their lack of access to basic banking services creates difficult and dangerous risks.
But the financial industry quickly cast doubt on whether the legislation will address issues faced by marijuana businesses in the state, where recreational pot became legal this year. Asked what it would accomplish, Colorado Bankers Association CEO Don Childears said: “Basically, absolutely nothing.”
“We don’t think it can be effective, and it can never get off the ground,” he said.
The bill allows legal marijuana shops to create a makeshift financial network that would help them gain access to credit and merchant services.