You could fool yourself into thinking marijuana legalization was like breathing air or wearing socks: one of the few things most Americans could be trusted to agree upon. Since 2012, nearly every major cannabis-related ballot measure put before voters has won handily; in that time, aside from a few outliers like a publicly funded lawsuit challenging voter-approved legalization in South Dakota, politicians have not even bothered to attempt an errand so hopeless as curtailing cannabis’s winning streak. That may finally be changing. Fed up with enormous illegal grows that keep proliferating in his rural Southern California district, state Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) introduced a bill last week that, if passed, would roll back part of the state’s voter-approved marijuana legalization law and make growing more than six cannabis plants a felony again. And though this effort as written is almost certain to fail, the idea of sending the cops after cannabis growers again is gaining traction—including with Gov. Gavin Newsom, legalization’s erstwhile poster boy.

Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 02/01/2022 04:50:00

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