On Wednesday, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), and Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) joined Steven Hawkins, CEO of the U.S. Cannabis Council, for a briefing about marijuana banking reform. The event counted with the participation of Dennis Brown, whose son Jordan, was murdered during an armed robbery of a dispensary in Tacoma, WA. Brown is featured in one of the new ads presented by the USCC during the event.
The campaign seeks to shed light on the importance of preventing future tragedies by providing cannabis businesses access to traditional banking services that would allow them to operate electronically without the need to store and transport large amounts of cash.
“What we have seen over these many months now is how dispensaries have become a magnet for criminal activities because they are cash-based businesses. We have seen a surge in armed robberies targeting dispensaries threatening the lives of workers and we have seen how operators and cannabis businesses carry a target on their back as a result of not having at the federal level SAFE banking legislation,” said Steve Hawkins, CEO of USCC.
Mr. Brown who participated in …