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SAFER Banking is "overdue," Sen. Coons says. "We have to harmonize banking laws"

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SAFER Banking is "overdue," Sen. Coons says. "We have to harmonize banking laws"

Ep. 40 — Sen. Chris Coons (5-2-2024)
Sen. Chris Coons walks alongside tram underneath the US Capitol flanked by members of the congressional press corps. Photo: Matt Laslo


Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) — Senate Judiciary and Foreign Relations Committees

LISTEN: Laslo & Coons


Ask a Pol asks:

Do you have thoughts on the DEA moving to reschedule marijuana?

Key Coons: 

“Look, I think it's supported by the science and experience that it doesn't have the same impacts as Class I drugs, like methamphetamine,” Sen. Coons exclusively tells Ask a Pol. “As a majority of states have moved to decriminalize or, in many cases, legalize marijuana consumption, I think it’s led to a broad-scale reexamination.”

ICYMI — Coons discusses America’s decades-long ‘war’ on substances Americans love


SAFER Banking?

“Support it,” Coons told us. “We have to harmonize banking laws so that it's not impossible to conduct regular commercial banking activity.”

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), slightly edited for clarity.


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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Chris Coons

SCENE: Sen. Chris Coons is walking between the two Senate trams on his way to the US Capitol for a vote when Ask a Pol’s Matt Laslo runs into him and proceeds to accompany him to the bank of elevators underneath the Senate floor.

Matt Laslo: “Do you have thoughts on the DEA moving to reschedule marijuana?”

Two trains pass by the pair.

Chris Coons: “I don’t know the details other than it’s, I believe, rescheduling from — what is it? Class I to Class III?”

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