April 2, 2018
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On Feb. 13, the Berkeley City Council voted unanimously to become a sanctuary city for marijuana. Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted that night, “We have become what may be the first city in the country to declare ourselves a sanctuary city for cannabis.”
This means that any Berkeley city department or agency cannot use city resources or funds to aid the enforcement of drug laws related to cannabis on a federal level.
California voted in favor of Proposition 64 back in November of 2016. This proposition legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults 21 or older allowing them to carry up to an ounce of weed or grow up to six plants for personal use. However, the proposition did not go into effect until January of 2018.
Berkeley’s move comes in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind a federal stance of non-interference with marijuana-friendly state laws in