Marijuana: Wanda James on closure of edibles business, MMJ banking, Obama and more
"I've raised money for him, too," James notes. "And for him to say, 'I don't want Colorado known for marijuana because it's not good for kids....' What about the 100,000 patients, or the 6,000 people who have jobs in this industry? I'm tired of this kind of hypocrisy, especially from a man who brewed beer for a living -- and from a black man we know smoked pot. The only difference between [Obama] and the black and brown boys who've been arrested for smoking marijuana is that he didn't get caught. That's hypocrisy, too, and I don't care if you're a Democrat or a Republican: I'm calling you on it."
Given her passion on this subject, James doesn't want to be guilty of hypocrisy herself. Yet that was the position she was in regarding banking, she believes.
"We'd been with our bank for numerous years for all of our businesses," she points out. "But then we got a letter stating that they were closing our account on July 17. We went back and forth with all the different things happening, but in the end, we realized the only way to get a bank account now is to lie. Just about everybody has one, but the only way they can do it is to put it under a different business category, like 'wellness center' or 'massage center' or whatever. And I just couldn't do that.
"To me, this is a political statement. As an industry, we employ thousands of people and bring the state millions in taxes and fees. We are a legal business. So why do I have to lie to have a bank account? You can't even pay your taxes without one. Taxes are supposed to be paid electronically through your bank account...."
Continue to read more of our interview with Wanda James, as well as to see her appearance on The Daily Show.