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GOP Senate Marijuana Banking Bill Sponsor Says Vote Could Come ‘Sometime In September’ As More Members Tout ‘Progress’ In Bipartisan Talks

The lead Republican Senate sponsor of a bipartisan marijuana banking says he’s hoping for a committee vote “sometime in September,” while a Democratic lawmaker who previously voiced concerns about a key section of the legislation says bipartisan lawmakers are “making progress” in negotiations.

In a series of interviews this week, a number of senators from across the aisle weighed in on the status of the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act. The plan, according to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown (D-OH), is to hold a markup during the current work session that ends October 6.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), the top GOP sponsor of the bill, told The Hill that “there’s a chance to get a markup done,” and he specified that it could happen in the remaining weeks of September. A spokesperson for the Banking Committee told Marijuana Moment on Monday that it wouldn’t take place next week, however, so that would leave the final week of the month.

Senators, including Brown, Daines and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have said in recent days that members have had productive discussions about moving the SAFE Banking Act this fall, signaling that they’ve reached agreements on certain outstanding

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