Marijuana ‘sanctuary’ bill passes California Assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers voted to keep state and local police from helping enforce federal anti-marijuana laws that conflict with state law.
The state Assembly voted Thursday to shield Californians complying with state cannabis regulations like those legally operating a shop selling pot from being detained, reported or arrested by state or local police.
The bill by Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer would prohibit state resources from being used for such purposes.
It has been compared to the so-called “sanctuary state” bill advancing through the Legislature that would prohibit police from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement.
The Los Angeles Democrat’s bill comes amid uncertainty surrounding how President Donald Trump’s administration will deal with states that have legalized marijuana.
Californians voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November. Federal law still prohibits marijuana use.