Colorado is trying again to create the world’s first state-chartered pot bank.
A bill up for a hearing Thursday is prompted by frustration with recent federal marijuana banking guidance. Banks and the pot industry say the guidance is inadequate.
The bill would create a financial co-op, sort of an uninsured credit union aimed at helping the pot industry move away from its cash-only roots.
Lawmakers from both parties embrace the idea. But with less than a week before adjournment, it’s unclear whether they have time to pull off the feat.
Banking services have been a top priority for the marijuana lobby for years in Colorado. A similar state-chartered bank proposal was tried but abandoned as unworkable two years ago.
Online: House Bill 1398