NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. ("iAnthus" or the "Company") (CSE: IAN) (OTCQX: ITHUF), which owns, operates, and partners with best-in-class regulated cannabis operations across the United States, responded to the passage of the Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act of 2019 ("SAFE Banking Act") by the House of Representatives.
"Because cannabis remains federally illegal, banks have been reluctant to provide banking services to state-legal cannabis industry operators. This has made it difficult for cannabis businesses to obtain banking services and has led in many states to cannabis businesses having to deal with the threats associated with handling excessive amounts of cash. The SAFE Banking Act is intended to remedy the lack of access to normal business banking that is currently experienced by cannabis businesses operating in states with medical and adult use cannabis regulatory programs. The bill would prevent banking regulators from penalizing institutions that provide banking services to state-legal cannabis businesses, thus removing the regulatory risk that deters banks from servicing the cannabis industry," said Randy Maslow, President of iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc.
"The historical passage of the SAFE Banking Act is a critical step in opening up banking services to the cannabis industry, which is required for the long-term health and safety of the cannabis industry. In addition to improving safety for industry employees and patients, the SAFE Act promotes transparency and regulatory compliance, thereby making the jobs of taxing authorities and regulators easier. The SAFE Act may also promote equity in the cannabis industry by creating better access to capital and reducing the artificially high banking costs that currently plague the industry, thereby permitting a wider-range of people to become part of the industry. We are hopeful that the strong bipartisan support in the House will bode well for the bill as it makes its way to the Senate."
About iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc.
iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc. owns and operates best-in-class licensed cannabis cultivation, processing and dispensary facilities throughout the United States, providing investors diversified exposure to the U.S. regulated cannabis industry. Founded by entrepreneurs with decades of experience in operations, investment banking, corporate finance, law and health care services, iAnthus provides a unique combination of capital and hands-on operating and management expertise. iAnthus currently has operations in 11 states, and operates 27 dispensaries (FL-9, AZ-4, MA-1, MD-3, NY-2, CO-1, VT-1 and NM-6 where iAnthus has minority ownership). For more information, visit www.iAnthus.com.
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