For U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, the passing of the SAFE Banking Act says a lot more than merely where we are on banking; he believes that it is an indicator that we are well past the tipping point on ending cannabis prohibition. He notes that we are definitely not finished with cannabis reform, especially because so many members of Congress represent states that need such reforms. Huffman also believes that if he were representing a state in the Midwest, he would be focusing on states’ rights and the medical applications of cannabis, as it’s hard nowadays to argue about the importance of those aspects. Unfortunately, Huffman reminds us that Congress rarely gets ahead of public opinion, which is why Congress still has so much catching up to do regarding cannabis reform.
Seth Adler: U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman joins us. Welcome to Cannabis Economy. I'm your host Seth Adler. Download episodes on canneconomy.com, that's two Ns and the word economy, or wherever you currently get your podcasts.
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Seth Adler: I feel like we should promote the podcast right at the top. Why not? Why wouldn't we?
Jared Huffman: I'll take it. Thank you.
Seth Adler: Yeah. What's the name of the podcast again?
Jared Huffman: Off the Cuff.
Seth Adler: Off the Cuff, because you don't really plan stuff is what it is.
Jared Huffman: Well, there's some loose planning.
Seth Adler: There's some... Okay.
Jared Huffman: But it's mostly-
Seth Adler: ... off the cuff.
Jared Huffman: It's mostly off the cuff.
Seth Adler: Right.
Jared Huffman: That's right.
Seth Adler: With other congresspeople, with other members?
Jared Huffman: Sometimes with interesting constituents of mine with interesting issues. Mary, my new communications director is thinking up all kinds of creative and interesting episodes.
Seth Adler: I love it. All right, well I'm just meeting Mary as well. So this is good. This will be good for all of us, all three of us in this room. We're going to start out at least, if not the whole time, talking about cannabis. I couldn't help but notice, Congressman, that we passed the SAFE Banking Act.
Jared Huffman: Yeah, that was good news.
Seth Adler: It was really good news, and a lot of things were involved there. We already knew that we had hundreds of co-sponsors. There were 206 at the finish line. 76% of the House voted in favor of the SAFE Banking Act. That included the co-sponsors, 26 Republicans, and the vote, 91 Republicans. So this is-
Jared Huffman: Not bad.
Seth Adler: This is not bad. This is definitely bipartisan. This is everybody saying, "Okay, well maybe we should have safe banking for cannabis, whether it's ..." and, I literally just came from Congressman Massie, "whether it's rope or dope." Right. Those are his phrases.
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