While not personally in favor of legal, recreational marijuana, Amodei has not stood in the way of legislation like the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, and has been a proponent for giving marijuana businesses banking access. He supports regulating the industry the safe way as alcohol, and would like to see reform happen to increase the level of transparency in the industry. Amodei was an advocate for medical marijuana in 2016.
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Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., says he opposed legalizing recreational use of marijuana but now supports giving those businesses safe access to financial institutions.
“It wasn’t my cup of tea,” he told the Carson Chamber of Commerce Monday morning. “I voted against it.”
But he said the voters approved the decriminalization and now, prohibiting banks from accepting pot businesses as customers means those businesses “are dealing with large amounts of cash.”
"So when you talk about, 'Should it be an option for medical treatment? Yes," Amodei said. "We established that (legal medical marijuana) in Nevada. I support that. But the caveat is, it needs to be ti-rated (made into a pill). So if there is a use for it, fine. But let's not be handing people dime bags and telling them to spark it up to smoke their medicine."
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