Feds Tell Banks How to Get High

    A customer purchases a marijuana strain called "Beast Mode OG", named after NFL player Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks, at the Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Washington January 28, 2014. For Nate Johnson, the excitement surrounding the upcoming Super Bowl is two-fold. Not only are his hometown Seattle Seahawks taking on the Denver Broncos - football teams representing two major U.S. cities where recreational pot use is legal - but his medical weed dispensary is seeing green. Demand for "Beast Mode" - a strain named in honor of the Seahawks' hard-hitting running back, Marshawn Lynch - has been high at his Queen Anne Cannabis Club in Seattle, Johnson said, while pot-laced blue-and-green cupcakes are also selling fast.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond   (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY BUSINESS SPORT FOOTBALL) - RTX17Z7S

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    Is this a sign that the federal government is starting to embrace the green rush? New guidelines released Friday by the Justice Department and Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will allow banks to work with marijuana businesses—in states where it’s legal—without fear of repercussions from the feds. “The department shares the concerns of public officials and law enforcement about the public-safety risks associated with businesses that handle significant amounts of cash,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement.

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