Reason TV: Rabbi Fights Feds to Open Pot Shop

Medical marijuana is legal in some states. However, that doesn’t
mean the federal government makes it easy for these dispsenary
owners to operate. 

Original release date was June 27, 2013 and original writeup is

“[The federal government] should know who is a pot dealer and
who is not. For them to pretend otherwise is ridiculous,”
says Rabbi
Jeffrey Kahn
. Kahn, an ordained rabbi who has served
congregations for over 30 years, is opening a medical marijuana
 in Washington, D.C. this summer alongside his
wife. Kahn says the federal government has made it impossible for
him to get a bank account for his small business. 

Medical marijuana is legal in D.C. and 18 states, but it’s still
illegal under federal law. This means that even though Kahn is
abiding by D.C. law, banks won’t work with his business for fear of
losing FDIC protection–or worse. Kahn says he has not been able to
open a bank account with any financial institution. If he is forced
to be a cash-only business, he will be more vulnerable to crime and
IRS auditing.  

About 4 minutes.

Produced by Amanda Winkler. Shot by Todd Krainin and
Winkler. Narrated by Krainin. Additional help by Joshua

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