California Is Going to Be A Sanctuary For Marijuana Smokers

Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer recently introduced Assembly Bill 1578 similar to the laws establishing sanctuary cities to protect undocumented immigrants from a federal investigation. The bill prohibits state police from helping federal authorities bust marijuana producers operating legally in the state of California. It would ban state and local police from using local money and resources to aid in investigating a person for marijuana activity, unless they are served a court order signed from a judge. This ban would also include providing federal authorities with any form of personal information of anyone with a state-issued medical marijuana license. Jones-Sawyer hopes that these measures will help protect “one of the greatest businesses” in California.

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I've been covering cannabis for nearly five years, and by now I'm all too accustomed to the impersonal cannabis conference at a stuffy, generic hotel or expo hall, brimming with white guys in suits, and generally lacking in the spirit of well, cannabis. (The woes of legalization, I suppose.) So it was a breath of fresh air when I walked into what felt like a giant atrium in downtown LA for a new kind of cannabis conference. Located in what's called the Valentine Grass Room in an industrial area past the hustle and bustle of the DTLA skyscrapers, Microscopes & Machines (M&M) boasted a diverse array of speakers, from doctors and lawyers to chemists and cultivators on the frontlines of the cannabis industry.

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