L.A. Assemblyman Will Revive Proposal to Make California a ‘Sanctuary State’ for Pot Industry

Alarmed by the threat of federal enforcement of marijuana laws in states that license its sale, Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) on Thursday said he will revive a bill that stalled last year and that would make California a so-called sanctuary state for the marijuana industry.

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on Jan. 5, 2006, in Sacramento. (Credit: David Paul Morris / Getty Images)

An exterior of the state capitol is shown on Jan. 5, 2006, in Sacramento. (Credit: David Paul Morris / Getty Images)

Borrowing an idea from a new state law on immigration enforcement, Jones-Sawyer’s measure would prohibit state and local agencies, absent a court order, from assisting in federal drug enforcement efforts targeting those who have state licenses to grow and sell marijuana.

The bill would, among other things, prevent the state from providing federal agents with the names, addresses and other business information of firms issued permits to grow, distribute and sell marijuana.

Jones-Sawyer proposed bringing the proposal back on the same day that U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said he is rescinding an Obama-era policy that allowed medical marijuana to be sold without fear of federal prosecution.

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