On Cannabis Busts, Richmond Tells Feds They’re On Their Own

The feds can crack down on cannabis use if they please, but they won’t be getting any help from authorities in Richmond, California. The East Bay city has declared it will not use any of its resources to assist the federal government in pursuing people for marijuana convictions. It passed the declaration last month.

Richmond is one of a number of cities also expressing support for AB 1578, which would bar state and local agencies from cooperating with the feds on marijuana arrests unless compelled by court order. That bill, dubbed "the sanctuary state rule for cannabis,” has received public endorsements from Oakland and West Hollywood.

Critics of AB 1578 -- and similar efforts at the local level -- have called it a flagrant violation of federal law.