As Colorado and Washington state prepare to legalize recreational marijuana sales, federal banking regulators are facing pressure to bring pot merchants into the financial mainstream.

The arm-twisting is coming from a hodgepodge of officials who don't necessarily care whether pot is legal, but who hope to prevent armed robberies and money laundering in states where it's currently being sold on a cash-only basis. That group includes governors, members of Congress, state banking regulators, and local law enforcement officials.

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