California, feds spar over marijuana regulation

By James Poulos | Cal Watchdog

As California muddles ahead with its disorganized decriminalization of marijuana, local and federal lawmakers are adopting distinctly different approaches to the prospect of pot-related crime.

City councils are apt to worry about different kinds of drug crime than Congress. But the new attention from both ends of the political pecking order comes from a single source: the legal and regulatory uncertainty surrounding the burgeoning marijuana economy.

It’s a phenomenon playing out conspicuously in the county of San Luis Obispo. There, cities have moved to keep out pot dispensaries. Arroyo Grande, which passed its ban in 2008, added a supplementary ban four years later on so-called “mobile dispensaries,” the door-to-door marijuana delivery services that frequently, but not always, operate in compliance with California’s medical marijuana rules.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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