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Banks to legally provide financial services to pot businesses

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The U.S. government issued rules on Friday for the first time allowing banks to legally provide financial services to state-licensed marijuana businesses.

The Justice Department issued a memorandum to prosecutors that closely follows guidance last August largely limiting federal enforcement priorities to eight types of crimes.

These include distribution to children, trafficking by cartels and trafficking to states where marijuana isn’t legal. If pot businesses aren’t violating federal law in the eight specific priorities, then banks can do business with them and “may not” be prosecuted.