Today’s Top News
Title: In California, Learning How Marijuana Is an Unlikely Divider
Author: New York Times
Date: 19 March 2018
Extract: COMPTON, Calif. — My reporting beat at The Times is Northern California, so when I drove into Compton, outside of Los Angeles, it was unfamiliar territory. Jim Wilson, the San Francisco bureau photographer, and I had flown down to report a story about the different approaches cities were taking to marijuana legalization.
Previously, I had reported on the industrialization of marijuana in California; a community of ethnic Hmong farmers; and the reluctance of cannabis growers to come out of the shadows after legalization — only around 10 percent have signed up for a license.
This time, the story I ended up writing compared attitudes in Compton, where residents voted in January by a 3-to-1 margin to ban marijuana businesses from the city, with Oakland, Calif., a city that has embraced marijuana legalization as a way to generate tax revenue and help those who were disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.
I found it fascinating that the two cities, both of which had struggled for decades with an illicit drug problem and some of the violent crime associated with it, had diverged so sharply. It was as if they had been asked the same question and come up with completely different answers.
Title: Los Alamitos councilman to state lawmakers on sanctuary law: You’re ‘bullying us’
Author: OC Register
Date: 19 March 2018
A city councilman who proposed getting his tiny city exempted from California’s so-called sanctuary law says state legislators are “bullying us into violating our oath of office.”
“This is our way of going on record saying we’re going to comply with the U.S. Constitution,” said Warren Kusumoto, whose proposed ordinance seeking to opt out of the new law goes before the City Council tonight.
“California legislators are bulling local elected officials into violating our oath of office,” he said Monday.
The state law in question, SB-54, also known as the California Values Act, limits cooperation between federal immigration authorities and local and state agencies.
Title: San Diego Starts Cashing in on Legalized Cannabis
Author: Cannabis Business Times
Date: 13 March 2018
San Diego’s cannabis business tax brought in $358,348 in the first month of legalized recreational marijuana sales, according to early figures released to KPBS on Monday.
Local marijuana businesses are required to pay the 5 percent gross receipts tax every month, and the first due date to pay the tax was Feb. 28. A city spokeswoman said the figure was for retail transactions in the month of January.