California Could Be a Sanctuary State for Pot
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California Could Be a Sanctuary State for Pot
Posted by CN Staff on June 02, 2017 at 10:39:30 PT
By Patrick McGreevy
Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles -- California moved a step closer Thursday to becoming a “sanctuary state” where local and state police would not assist federal enforcement of marijuana laws. The state Assembly approved a bill Thursday barring state and local law enforcement officers, absent a court order, from helping federal drug agents in arresting people who are complying with state laws allowing the use and sale of marijuana.With a Friday deadline for action, the measure by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) was sent to the state Senate for consideration.
The lawmaker argued his legislation was needed because the Trump administration had threatened to resume enforcement of federal law that considered marijuana an illegal drug.In November, California voters legalized the sale and use of recreational marijuana by approving Proposition 64, two decades after medical use was approved by state voters. The state plans to begin issuing licenses to grow, transport and sell marijuana in January.“AB 1578 ensures that our limited local and state resources are not spent on federal marijuana enforcement against individuals and entities that are in compliance with our laws,” Jones-Sawyer said during the floor debate.With law enforcement opposed to the bill, the measure faced long odds and only achieved the bare majority 41-32 vote late Thursday night.Also against the idea were Republican lawmakers, who said it would hamper the working relationship between California police officers and federal drug agents who might discover illegal activity involving marijuana sales even in a legal market.“It would interfere with local and state agencies’ ability to cooperate with the federal government,” said Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City). “This is bad policy.”Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) said the Jones-Sawyer bill was similar to sanctuary-state legislation that would prohibit local law enforcement agencies from helping federal immigration agents arrest and detain people in the country illegally.“This is insanity,” Allen told his colleagues. “This is a complete violation of federal law. The hubris of California Democrats believing they can flout federal law on immigration and drug policy is beyond words.”He said local law enforcement would be put in “harm’s way” if there was no cooperation with federal drug enforcement officers.Jones-Sawyer said he was open to revising the bill language to make it clear he wanted to allow cooperation between locals and federal agents in cases where state and federal marijuana laws were being violated. He said there were about 1,400 illegal marijuana businesses operating in Los Angeles that he wanted shut down.Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Alameda), who co-wrote the bill, said the measure would reassure those who complied with California’s cannabis laws that they would not get in trouble.“People who are compliant with California law and operate within the legal cannabis market should not have to fear that a state or local agency will participate in efforts to punish or incarcerate them for activity that the state and its voters have deemed legal,” Bonta said.The Assembly on Thursday also approved a separate bill that merges rules from the medical marijuana laws with those from Proposition 64.That bill, which also now goes to the Senate for consideration, allows medical cannabis facilities that are for-profit, bans pot billboards on interstate and state highways, requires state licenses after officials determine recreational-use businesses comply with local ordinances, and provides $3 million to the California Highway Patrol for developing drugged-driving enforcement plans.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Author Patrick McGreevyPublished: June 1, 2017Copyright: 2017 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on June 12, 2017 at 04:59:30 PT
It's so good to see you!
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on June 10, 2017 at 22:14:15 PT
Hey, goneposthole.
Good to see you. Seems like it's been awhile.
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Comment #10 posted by goneposthole on June 10, 2017 at 00:33:08 PT
Cool Colorado 
Go to Colorado, it is a groovy place to be.
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Comment #9 posted by HempWorld on June 06, 2017 at 15:48:53 PT
If you want something to read:
Cannabis May Help Rejuvenate the Aging Brain and Ward Off Dementia
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Comment #8 posted by elliott baker on June 06, 2017 at 06:09:32 PT:
what a bunch of garbage look up federal marihuana studies these studies have been done it shows marihuana cures cancer yes cure look it up 
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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on June 05, 2017 at 17:01:33 PT
Sanctuary from trumPOT & sESSIONS
Surging marijuana economy could cause Sessions’ crackdown to backfire, say two former U.S. attorneys"""Changing perceptions of marijuana and possible job and tax money losses could thwart Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ plans to crack down on the drug, two former U.S. attorneys said Thursday at a pro-marijuana gathering in Aspen.“Nothing gets you unelected quicker than people losing jobs,” said Bill Nettles, former U.S. attorney for South Carolina. “Putting people out of work is bad politics.”-0-"""Republicans like to talk about job creation, but if a threatened crackdown on states that have legalized recreational marijuana starts to eliminate jobs, Sessions and President Donald Trump could have a problem, Nettles said. Same thing goes for a reduction in tax money for a state like Colorado, he said.“(Losing jobs and tax money) is an argument that’s persuasive to them,” Nettles said. “You lose 120,000 jobs in one jobs report, that’s big.”-0-(How's Your Aspen)
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Comment #6 posted by afterburner on June 05, 2017 at 05:35:07 PT
Lawsuit against Arbitrary Toronto Police Raids
A Medical Marijuana Patient is Suing Toronto for $1 Million Over the Dispensary Crackdown.
Manisha Krishnan.
Jun 2 2016, 12:10pm.
He says the city has attacked his "security of person."
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Comment #5 posted by afterburner on June 03, 2017 at 17:54:19 PT
HempWorld #4
I couldn't get your link to work. Try this one:"CURE Pharmaceutical Initiates Cancer Cannabis Study"
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Comment #4 posted by HempWorld on June 03, 2017 at 14:09:18 PT
CURE Pharmaceutical Initiates Cancer Cannabis
Study!It is about time!I hope the link works:
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Comment #3 posted by Sam Adams on June 03, 2017 at 09:23:01 PT
Uncle Spliffy
UConn Great Robinson Blazing Path As Advocate For Pot Reform>>Robinson certainly has the strength to continue his push for the reform of medical and recreational marijuana laws. He has made its legalization his post-basketball career calling. Robinson recently joined the Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, a group of community leaders calling for the state legislature to end cannabis prohibition.And he has this message for Connecticut."Take the handcuffs off the plant," he said. "Free the plant."
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Comment #2 posted by HempWorld on June 03, 2017 at 08:59:47 PT
Slightly Off Topic! High Times moved to Cali!
In Jan. of 2017! California is getting ready for legalization no matter what Sessions says or does, he is way behind the times! High Times!
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Comment #1 posted by Vincent on June 02, 2017 at 11:19:06 PT:
So, "Law enforcement" (pigs!) and Republicans are against the bill, eh? Well, that's no surprise. Both cops and Republicans are programmed robots, so you gotta expect it. The two Republicans listed, Gallagher and Allen, are giving all these excuses of why they oppose the bill, but, as usual, they are LYING. Why don't they admit that the real reason they voted no is because they are simply against Marijuana legalization? That are two prohibitionist LOWLIFES. Period.
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