Berkeley declares itself a sanctuary city for marijuana users

In its latest effort to counter the Trump agenda in Washington, Berkeley, California has declared itself a sanctuary city for cannabis use.    

Under the newly passed resolution, no city department, agency or employee “shall use any city funds or resources to assist in the enforcement of federal drug laws related to cannabis.”

The action comes after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded multiple Obama-era memos that had adopted a policy of non-interference with pot-friendly state laws, in what essentially allowed legalization efforts to take effect without federal interference.

“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,” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted this week.

Sessions called the decision a “return to the rule of law.” And while he didn’t outright direct more prosecutions of marijuana crimes, the move outraged proponents of legalization.

“Increased federal enforcement of marijuana will have serious social and economic consequences,” the Berkeley resolution reads. “Uncertainty about potential enforcement and or enforcement itself may force established medical and adult-use cannabis-related businesses to close or move underground, which could impede the development of the newly regulated market and threaten public safety.”

While several states, including California, have legalized pot, it is still illegal under federal law.

“I believe we can balance public safety and resisting the Trump administration,” Mayor Arreguin reportedly said at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. “We’re keeping with the strong position Berkeley is a sanctuary for people in our community.”

However, the move is largely symbolic as there’s little the city could do to stop federal authorities from cracking down on commercial marijuana operations.

In 2016, under Proposition 64, California voted to legalize the drug and it went into effect at the start of this year. Under the new law, adults 21 and over can use marijuana for recreational use.

For the liberal enclave, it’s just the latest act of defiance, as the city has been outspoken in its opposition to the Trump agenda on issues like immigration and climate change.

And in an even more unorthodox move, the city is exploring creating its own crypto-currency in an attempt to establish more independence from Washington by holding an initial coin offering (ICO).

President Trump called out Berkeley specifically last February following violent protests over a planned speech by provocateur Milo Yiannopoulous.

“If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view – NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” Trump tweeted, highlighting the conflict between the White House and the city.

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  1. machiavelli
    machiavelli 15 February, 2018, 13:13

    Berkeley pushes the envelope with contempt. There is never any common sense attributed to anything they ever do. Do you sense the time is coming when one of their officials will be cuffed & escorted away?…all hell will break loose.

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  2. Dutchuncle
    Dutchuncle 17 February, 2018, 06:15

    The may want to research the DAMAGE this drug has done to Colorado before making sure a Stupid Decision

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  3. Dutchuncle
    Dutchuncle 17 February, 2018, 06:19

    They may want to read REAL research on the Dangers of this damaging drug first.
    https://www.cheatsheet.com/health-fitness/horrible-side-effects-marijuana-people-never-talk.html/?a=viewall

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    • machiavelli
      machiavelli 17 February, 2018, 13:42

      Dutchuncle, thanks for the report. I wouldn’t expect Berkeley to read it…half of the officials are too stoned to understand.

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  4. Queeg
    Queeg 18 February, 2018, 09:11

    Comrades

    Globalist and corporate food barons designating poor communities for these legit drug dens. So odd. No grocery stores but fast food and drugs everywhere-

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  5. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 27 February, 2018, 09:26

    As the old anti drugs TV commercial went WHY DO YOU THINK THEY CALL IT DOPE well Americas Leftists stink hole Berkeley is proof of dope being for dopes

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  6. Say No to Drugs and McClintock
    Say No to Drugs and McClintock 27 February, 2018, 15:12

    Republican Congressman Tom McClintock endorsed pot 64, and his own 334 Amendment he sponsored to keep CA and other states a Sanctuary for Marijuana. Vote him out, Ronald Reagan would.

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  7. Spurwing Plover
    Spurwing Plover 1 March, 2018, 09:45

    Dope for Dopes Drugs for Dummies from FAT ALBERT AND THE COSBY KIDS and Berkeley the Dope Capital of America

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