California Could Become The Cannabis Industry’s Safe Haven

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Facing a potential cannabis crackdown by federal forces, politicians in one of the nation’s most pot-friendly states want to ensure that both industry and residents will have some legal room to breathe.

If passed, California Assembly Bill 1578 would take steps to protect the state’s legal cannabis operations from being busted by federal enforcers, a scenario that new U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions hinted could occur down the road. Like similar legislation being considered to create immigration “sanctuary” in certain cities for undocumented persons who live and work there, the law would restrict federal ability to interfere in local matters by commandeering local resources.

To help keep federal quests to enforce cannabis’ Schedule I drug-status from burdening California cops (and coffers), the law would prohibit state and local authorities from participating in certain actions without a judge’s court order. According to the bill, such actions would include “using agency money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist a federal agency to investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person [and/or transfer them to federal authorites] for commercial or noncommercial marijuana or medical cannabis activity that is authorized by law in the State of California.”

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