Bill Could Make CA a Sanctuary State For Marijuana
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Bill Could Make CA a Sanctuary State For Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on April 03, 2017 at 16:59:48 PT
By Mary Papenfuss
Source: Huffington Post
California legislators have taken a page from laws establishing sanctuary cities for immigrants to create a measure aimed at protecting marijuana from a federal crackdown.Similar to laws shielding undocumented immigrants, the recently introduced Assembly Bill 1578 would bar cooperation by police in the state with federal authorities seeking to bust marijuana growers and sellers operating legally under California law.
The proposed legislation would prohibit state and local agencies — unless served with a court order — from using local money, facilities or personnel to assist a federal agency to “investigate, detain, report, or arrest” any person for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California — and transferring an individual to federal law enforcement authorities for purposes of marijuana enforcement.”California authorities would also be barred from responding to requests by federal authorities for the personal information of anyone issued state licenses for a marijuana operation.The lead sponsor of the bill, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D), said the measure would protect “one of the greatest businesses” in California amid fears of a crackdown by the Trump administration.Marijuana advocates are, predictably, thrilled with the bill. “This is the equivalent of noncooperation on deportation and environmental laws — part of the larger California resistance to federal intrusion,” Dale Gieringer, state coordinator of California NORML, told L.A. Weekly.Not everyone is happy about the bill, including police officials who see it as tying their hands.“It really is quite offensive,” Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood, president of the California State Sheriffs’ Association, told The Los Angeles Times. Legislators want to “direct law enforcement how they want us to work,” he complained.California was the first state to make medical marijuana legal, and last year it passed a referendum making recreational pot legal as well. Currently, medical marijuana use is legal in 28 states and the nation’s capital. Recreational use is legal in eight states and Washington, D.C.States are now girding for a battle with the feds. Marijuana is still illegal under federal law. White House press secretary Sean Spicer has warned of “greater enforcement” on recreational pot use. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions said last year that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”But marijuana growers and retailers breathed a bit easier last month when Sessions indicated he might not go to war over pot. He told reporters that much of the Obama-era guidance that paved the way for states to legalize marijuana is “valid.” Yet, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration recently requested information about marijuana cases from the state attorney general’s office in Colorado “for the new administration,” The Denver Post reports.New federal legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to change the way marijuana is regulated. The measures would remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act’s list of most dangerous drugs and establish a federal framework to regulate it. The intention is to close the gap between federal and state pot policy and to allow regulated marijuana businesses to continue unmolested by the feds. Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Mary PapenfussPublished: April 3, 2017Copyright: 2017, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 04, 2017 at 15:41:23 PT
Thank you, Vincent.
I appreciate it. Now... to the job at hand. Legalize it!
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Comment #6 posted by Vincent on April 04, 2017 at 14:37:00 PT:
Not all of them
Hope, I had absolutely no idea that you were from the South, so forgive me if I spoke out-of-turn. Of course I'm not saying that all Southerners are bad, but you must admit, the ignorant portion of the populace in the Southern States is very loud, and disrespectful toward us, and they are very vocal about it publicly, especially the politicians. When these people go around saying that they are my enemy, and that they're going to hurt me, what reaction should I have? I apologize if I disrespected anyone on this board, that was not my intention.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on April 04, 2017 at 14:01:54 PT
There are some ignorant people in the South, just like there are ignorant people all over the world. I come here for communicating with like minds. I'm about tired of this damn Yankee arrogance directed toward me, I'm thinking. Stop it, please. We're on the same side, for heaven's sake.You're "Pissing in the wind", Vincent. "It's blowing on all your friends!"
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Comment #4 posted by Vincent on April 04, 2017 at 11:53:30 PT:
I must agree with Hope -- it is the legislature's job to make policy, and it is the cops' duty to OBEY those directives. Period. That STUPID "sherriff" needs to button up his lip, and OBEY his lawful orders. If he doesn't like it, he can move to "Alabammy" in the "Saouth", where he could hang out with his own, ignorant kind!Both Alabama and the South were misspelled on purpose. God, how I wish that the "Saouth" would "threaten" (promise, really) to secede again! This time we will let them go.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on April 04, 2017 at 10:14:35 PT
In that Forbes piece I just posted...
There's a Sheriff in California all offended because the Legislature is trying to tell him how to do his job.Dang! I think that's part of the Legislature's job. Oh my. That's scary in so many ways.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on April 04, 2017 at 10:04:18 PT
I totally love the picture of Ed and Snoop.
California Could Become The Cannabis Industry's Safe HavenI
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on April 03, 2017 at 18:37:25 PT
CA Marijuana Sanctuary? 
Sounds like a no-brainer...Ha!I like the sound of Marijuana Sanctuary! Holy!Thank you God, almighty!
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