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Whitmer asks for national marijuana banking rule

Marijuana plants grow in a marijuana cultivation facility on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Marijuana plants grow in a marijuana cultivation facility on July 6, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and 22 other state and territorial governors sent a letter on Wednesday asking Congress to adopt a law that would help recently legalized marijuana businesses.

The letter to congressional leaders says marijuana businesses are struggling to get credit. They’re mostly cash businesses, which can make them a target for criminals. That also makes it hard for regulators to track transactions to make sure they’re handled legally and that taxes are paid.

Andrew Brisbo is the executive director of the state’s Marijuana Regulatory Agency. He says marijuana is a federal controlled substance so only Congress can solve the problems.

“I think it’s going to make it easier all the way around from consumers to business operators to regulatory organizations, as well.”

The letter says marijuana has become too big an industry to be barred from banking services.