420 with CNW – VA States Marijuana Industry Employed Veterans Aren’t Barred from Receiving Home Loans

July 17, 2020 03:25:41

The state legal cannabis industry has made great strides in the past couple of years, but there’s still a long way to go. The industry was valued at $13.6 billion in 2019 and experts expect it to grow in leaps and bounds over the years but the ongoing federal prohibition is severely holding it back. Unfortunately, this trickles down and negatively affects the tax paying folk who work in state legal cannabis establishments. One such instance of discrimination, according to Rep. Katherine Clark and other lawmakers, is against veterans seeking home loans.

For the past year, she’s been pressing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) on the difficulties veterans who work in the marijuana industry have faced trying to obtain a certificate for eligibility for VA home loan benefits. At least one constituent told Clark that they were denied a home loan as they work in the cannabis industry, and as a result, she circulated a sign-on letter and introduced an amendment to resolve the issue. However, the VA recently clarified…


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