02.21.2017
policy

California Reps Try to Ban State Cops From Helping Feds Bust Pot

Still, don't expect a city officer to protect a local dispensary from a DEA raid.

The confirmation of marijuana-intolerant Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions as President Donald Trump’s Attorney General has given California’s cannabis business community, and its representatives, reason to take preemptive action.

California assemblymen Jim Wood (D-North Coast), Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), and David Chiu (D-San Francisco) have coauthored AB 1578, a bill that would bar state and local law-enforcement agencies from cooperating with federal agents in investigations and prosecutions of California residents engaged in cannabis business and consumption that is considered lawful under California statutes.

The proposed law, introduced by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) on Friday, February 17, stipulates that a court order would be required to activate the participation of city, county, or state police in any federal war on weed.

From the Mendocino Voice:

The bill would prevent state or local agencies from contributing any resources, including “money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel,” to a federal investigation or enforcement action concerning legal cannabis activity taking place in California. Agencies would also be prohibited from providing any information to federal authorities who want to pursue investigation or enforcement of people who are engaging in legal cannabis activity, have patient ID cards, or are seeking legal cannabis licenses.
State and local agencies are defined as law enforcement agencies including police and sheriffs, licensing authorities and state and local agencies with information about medical cannabis patients.

It’s unclear how much local cooperation the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Marshals Service, Bureau of Prisons, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Offices of Legal Policy and Public Affairs—all currently under command of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—would need to target, apprehend, bring to trial, and crush California’s thriving and still nascent cannabis boom, but the gesture of AB 1578 is appreciated.

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