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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After making progress on marijuana reform, the legalization movement has stalled in two New England states. Cannabis became legal in Vermont last July, but state lawmakers did not put a regulated market for marijuana in place at that time. So while adults in Vermont can possess, grow and consume cannabis, they can't buy it legally.

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