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Banks warned they risk prosecution if they follow Obama admin. guidance on marijuana
The Washington Times ^ | February 14, 2014 | Valerie Richardson

Posted on 02/15/2014 9:40:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

DENVER — Bankers should beware of the Obama administration’s newly issued green light for banks doing business with the legal marijuana industry, according to the head of the Colorado Bankers Association.

Memos released Friday by the Justice Department and Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network were intended to give banks leeway to open accounts for marijuana businesses in states like Colorado and Washington that have legalized retail pot. Instead, the guidance “only reinforces and reiterates that banks can be prosecuted for providing accounts to marijuana related businesses,” said the CBA in a Friday statement.

“In fact, it is even stronger than original guidance issued by the Department of Justice and the Treasury,” said CBA president and CEO Don Childears. “After a series of red lights, we expected this guidance to be a yellow one. This isn’t close to that. At best, this amounts to ‘serve these customers at your own risk’ and it emphasizes all of the risks. This light is red.”

Colorado’s first-ever legal marijuana market, which kicked off Jan. 1, has been hampered by a lack of access to bank accounts and small-business loans. Many of the state’s retail pot shops are cash-only enterprises, making them vulnerable to crime....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: colorado; federal; holder; illegal; inobamawetrust; legalpot; marijuana; obama; trustus; youcankeepitgate
What GAME is this evil $#*+ playing? I have little sympathy for the druggies, but this is just ridiculous! He just plays with people's lives like a toddler with blocks. Remember when the president of the United States was looked up to, loved America and was a man of his word? Because I sure do!
1 posted on 02/15/2014 9:40:49 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: Nachum

Obama shenanigans ping.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 9:42:26 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Bammy sayz jump.

(Most folks say; "how high?")

I sayz - bbbbbwwwwwwaaahh

3 posted on 02/15/2014 9:45:49 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh what a tangled web we weave,,,,, Right Barry?


4 posted on 02/15/2014 9:46:44 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The “prompt” one morning this week in my daughter’s Honors English class was was “Does the government control too much of our lives?” My daughter responded with “yes, because we have a commie in the White House.” Others in the class had a similar attitude but she said there was disagreement if he was a communist or a marxist - but she also said the whole class agreed the federal government needs to leave the schools alone.

She’s in the 10th grade in a public school in the 2nd poorest county in the state where non hispanic whites are the minority in the school.


5 posted on 02/15/2014 9:52:31 PM PST by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

sorry this is OT, 2ndDiv, but I’m excited listening to this:

It Is Time For Boehner To Go!
http://www.theminorityreportblog.com/2014/02/15/it-is-time-for-boehner-to-go/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWLKVe4Pats

“According to the latest news crossing the web, Speaker John Boehner has been accused of having affairs with two women. This explains why Boehner was so very accommodating to anything and everything that Obama wanted to do. Although the House controls the purse, Boehner gave everything that Obama wanted to Obama.”

(the names of the women are given in the 6 minute video.)


6 posted on 02/15/2014 9:52:34 PM PST by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s go get stoned! hmmm


7 posted on 02/15/2014 9:58:07 PM PST by hapnHal (hapnHal)
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To: Mortrey

House may control the purse, but it sounds as if the White Hut is using the purses to control Boner.


8 posted on 02/15/2014 10:06:44 PM PST by Hieronymus ( (It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged. --G.K. Chesterton))
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To: Mortrey; 2ndDivisionVet

Mortrey, why are you posting this rubbish?

The source is a National Enquirer article published 3 years ago.

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/john-boehner-sex-probe


9 posted on 02/15/2014 10:21:05 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
The source is a National Enquirer article published 3 years ago.

Weren't they the ones who got it right about John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, or whatever her name is this week?

As I recall, no other so-called mainstream news organization would touch that story.

10 posted on 02/15/2014 10:28:03 PM PST by CurlyDave (`)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

We should just start dealing in just cash in all things.
If businesses would do this it would be easier to have a tax revolt.
Stop using banks.
This is how small business should fight back against the government
being in bed with big business. Just a crazy thought on how to get our money away from the government.


11 posted on 02/15/2014 10:39:41 PM PST by right way right (America has embraced the suck of Freedumb.)
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To: CurlyDave

Think about it, Edwards is a Democrat, that’s why the lame stream media ignored the Enquirer story.

They will never show the same deference to any Republican, particularly top leaders. Not for 3 minutes, much less 3 years.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 10:48:44 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

soebarkah king. You peasants.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 10:56:30 PM PST by onedoug
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This seems like "bait" for ANYONE who would have an all cash business.

SURE you can deposit your money in the bank. But if the government decides to go after you for any reason, the FIRST thing they'll do is audit your account.

Apparently these pot businesses are pulling in millions in cash.

Even the laziest IRS agent is gong to find that irresistible to investigate.

Heck doesn't a 10k deposit trigger automatic "attention" by the IRS?

14 posted on 02/15/2014 11:28:55 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: smoothsailing

They would leave a compromised republican alone at the request of the ruling party if said politician was easily blackmailed.


15 posted on 02/15/2014 11:30:16 PM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: boop

That was the old days. $3,000 was even old days. Now, most all medium-sized or larger banks employ people to review money trails since 9/11.

I used to make a fair amount of money. In the 1990’s I’ve carried $6,000 or more on a few days (miss the old $1000 and $500 bills). Mind you I was not rich by any means.

One day I tried to deposit somewhere around $2700 cash into a bank account I’d had for many years. Stopped by the city branch where my client’s office was (several of them in my SUV; we went to lunch). The bank made it like an half-hour ordeal. Finally I demanded my cash back and went to my regular branch later that week.

Bunch of idiots at that branch, they were.

And yes, the money was all legit and taxes were paid.

As I recall, this occurred before 9/11/2001.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 11:35:50 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The moment they accept a single dollar, they are money laundering profits from the sale of a schedule 1 controlled substance under federal law and risk steep penalties, including but not limited to fines and asset forfeiture under RICO.


17 posted on 02/15/2014 11:38:45 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SpaceBar
That's why the Mob and drug cartels DON'T deposit their cash in US banks. They go offshore.

Last thing they want is the government poking around.

I really don't think the states of CO and WA really thought this through when they legalized pot.

It's not going to be all giggles and sunshine.

Particularly with an "unfriendly" IRS.

A "conservative" or "republican" pot shop owner may find themselves doing hard time.

Depending on what side of the bed the Emperor wakes up on this particular day.

18 posted on 02/15/2014 11:54:09 PM PST by boop (I just wanted a President. But I got a rock.)
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To: Ingtar

BTW, the National Enquirer’s source is none other than the excrement wallower, the Daily Kos.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2010/09/23/904661/-Lobbyist-on-rumored-affair-w-Boehner-160-I-have-no-comment

No one is suppressing this story at the request of the “ruling party” or anyone else, because there is no story. It’s garbage.


19 posted on 02/16/2014 12:52:41 AM PST by smoothsailing
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To: SpaceBar
Just a business expense =>

Too Big to Jail - How HSBC hooked up with drug traffickers and terrorists. And got away with it

Feb 14, 2013

The deal was announced quietly, just before the holidays, almost like the government was hoping people were too busy hanging stockings by the fireplace to notice. Flooring politicians, lawyers and investigators all over the world, the U.S. Justice Department granted a total walk to executives of the British-based bank HSBC for the largest drug-and-terrorism money-laundering case ever.

Yes, they issued a fine – $1.9 billion, or about five weeks' profit – but they didn't extract so much as one dollar or one day in jail from any individual, despite a decade of stupefying abuses.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2988948/posts

20 posted on 02/16/2014 1:07:14 AM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Surprising. Isn’t the goal of Democrats to have the entire country stoned so they can win elections forever?


21 posted on 02/16/2014 2:57:24 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: boop

“This seems like “bait” for ANYONE who would have an all cash business.”

Reading this article, I keep hearing the famous words of Marion Barry...” B%#$h set me up!”


22 posted on 02/16/2014 3:26:43 AM PST by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: boop
Particularly with an "unfriendly" IRS.

An unhappy IRS versus legalized druglords with druglord tactics and druglord armies.

Happy thoughts...

23 posted on 02/16/2014 4:35:17 AM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No mater what he says, it’s still illegal. Perhaps we should say this about his health care edicts and enforce the law.


24 posted on 02/16/2014 5:32:26 AM PST by impactplayer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

the only banks that would have such regulations enforced on them will be those banks that get out if line

stay in line. do not question. obey.


25 posted on 02/16/2014 6:11:19 AM PST by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: sten

Yep, selective enforcement time.
Favored banks will have no problems.
Others, not so much.
Might get the same treatment the car dealers got.


26 posted on 02/16/2014 7:18:07 AM PST by Texas resident
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To: smoothsailing

I was making a general statement that given the correct circumstances, they would certainly suppress a story. I was not commenting upon this case. I should have made that clearer.


27 posted on 02/16/2014 9:44:35 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Mortrey
Boehner is clean as a whistle.

You may not like his policies, but Boehner will never be caught for immorality.

28 posted on 02/16/2014 12:33:43 PM PST by what's up
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Where is it written that a business has to tell a bank what they sell? Under type of business, just say “marketing company” and be done with it. Any regulation obliging the banks to ask or to investigate the business accounts should be challenged. NOYB.

That of course is for checking and their business accounts. For loans and mortgages, I guess it would be different, as risk is involved and the information is relevent.


29 posted on 02/16/2014 1:43:59 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Mortrey

IBTFIOSBTMSM

In before the first “It’s only sex” by the mainstream media

Oh, wait...


30 posted on 02/16/2014 1:47:13 PM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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