Legal Weed States Consider ‘Sanctuary’ Legislation to Protect Cannabis Industry From Feds
Since U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoked Obama-era federal protections for state-legal cannabis businesses in January of this year, the country’s legal weed industry has been waiting for the other shoe to finally drop. However, more than two months after Sessions shredded the Cole memo, feds have yet to raid any pot shops, but politicians in 420-friendly states aren’t waiting for the worst. Instead, several have begun developing legislation to protect ganjapreneurs from any federal interference.
According to a new report from the Associated Press, bills have been introduced in California, Massachusetts, and Alaska to restrict state funds, agencies, and officials from being used to assist federal authorities in the investigation of state-approved canna-businesses.
"If the federal government wants to prosecute someone for breaking federal law, I guess they have every right to do that," Alaska state Rep. Adam Wool, who introduced his state’s cannabis sanctuary bill, told the AP. "I'm just saying, we will have no obligation to assist them."
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