The tide of support for cannabis legalization is rising, but banks and credit unions will undoubtedly have to wait until after the 2016 elections before getting a clear green light to serve pot businesses.

Next year is expected to be pivotal for marijuana policy across the country, with at least five states expected to vote on full legalization and another handful considering some form of decriminalization for medical use. If these measures succeed, it will put still more pressure on lawmakers to help marijuana companies get access to financial services — a policy with growing support in state capitols and among the public.

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