Judge sympathizes with pot businesses but has misgivings about banking

A federal judge said Monday he sympathizes with pot businesses faced with contradictory regulations, but he expressed misgivings about forcing federal officials to approve a marijuana credit union.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson made it clear at a court hearing that he was not inclined to issue an injunction forcing the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to grant a master account to Fourth Corner Credit Union.

“I would be forcing the reserve bank to give a master account to a credit union that serves illegal businesses,” Jackson said.

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