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Will DEA rescheduling marijuana derail SAFER banking? Daines: "I don’t think so"
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Will DEA rescheduling marijuana derail SAFER banking? Daines: "I don’t think so"

Ep. 12 — Sen. Steve Daines (3-7-2024)
US Capitol dome State of the Union night, march 7, 2024. Photo: Matt Laslo

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Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT)

Ask a Pol asks:

“If the DEA moves, is that gonna imperil SAFE banking?”

Key Daines: 

“I don’t think so,” Daines exclusively tells Ask a Pol.

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Caught our ear:

“I did not support the ballot initiative in Montana for legalizing recreational marijuana,” Daines says. “I believe strongly in SAFE Banking — it’s a public safety issue — but I don’t support legalizing cannabis for recreational use.”

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LISTEN: Laslo & Daines

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Below find a rough transcript of Ask a Pol’s exclusive interview with Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), slightly edited for clarity.

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TRANSCRIPT: Sen. Steve Daines

Matt Laslo: “Hey senator, hearing rumors that the DEA might deschedule — or reschedule — marijuana on their own in April. What would your reaction be if they did that?”

Steve Daines: “Well, look, I did not support the ballot initiative in Montana for legalizing recreational marijuana. I believe strongly in SAFE Banking — it’s a public safety issue — but I don’t support legalizing cannabis for recreational use.”

ML: “If the DEA moves, is that gonna imperil SAFE banking?”

SD: “I don’t think so.”

ML: “‘I don’t think so.’ Thank you!”

Laslo always repeats into his mic what lawmakers tell him from a distance.

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