When Colorado became the first state to legalize recreational marijuana in 2012, the plant was (and continues to be) illegal at the federal level. Yet several Colorado banks jumped in, quickly opening accounts. Many of those banks were promptly swarmed with U.S. Drug Enforcement Agents. Everyone from tellers to bank presidents were warned that by servicing the cannabis industry, they could be arrested and held criminally liable under federal law. Most banks quickly backed away . . .
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