Sanctuary!

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I want to swing off that clock tower and scream “SANCTUARY!” like I’m Quasimodo at a rooftop church gathering. Not really, that’s a sad story and this is a happy one. Berkley California declared itself a sanctuary city for recreational Cannabis! SANCTUARY!

Mayor Jesse Arreguin recently Tweeted “In light of threats by Attorney General Sessions regarding a misguided crackdown on our democratic decision to legalize recreational cannabis, we have become what may be the first city in the country to declare ourselves a sanctuary city for cannabis.” And this isn’t the first time this has happened. This is quite the revolution actually…

A decade ago the City of Berkeley had adopted a similar approach that was applied to medical cannabis. They declared the city a sanctuary for both patients and providers of medical cannabis and now they are taking the same approach on recreational usage stating that no Berkeley department, agency, commission, officer or employee shall use any city funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal drug laws related to cannabis. Makes sense to me. Why would you waste those dollars when they would be better used in other areas?

But even though California and MANY other states have decriminalized or legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use, the drug is still illegal under federal law and Jeff Sessions still thinks that good people don’t smoke marijuana. Maybe good people shouldn’t tell other people how to live…

 

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