MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Even as the culture of cannabis goes mainstream across the country, marijuana-related businesses still face a huge hurdle for legitimacy.

At the federal level, cannabis is still considered an illegal substance and therefore most banks are not allowed to do business with those companies.

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JP Chavez is an adviser to the Cannabis Trade Federation, a policy advocacy group.

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He stopped by the CBS4 Studio to discuss the SAFE Banking Act.

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Watch his interview in the video player above.