Calls for strengthened immigration laws and renewed enforcement of existing laws have raised questions about the interactions between local law enforcement agencies and federal authorities. In what has been referred to as the “highest-profile act of defiance to Trump’s nascent presidency,” California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León introduced SB 54, also known as the California Values Act, to, as some would put it, erect not a new border wall, but a “wall of justice” that would “protect the safety, well-being, and constitutional rights of the people of California, and … direct the state’s limited resources to matters of greatest concern to state and local governments.” Today on the podcast, Megan McCauley joins Tyler to talk about SB 54.
Under the Obama Administration policies, as long as states developed a robust regulatory and enforcement system for medical or recreational adult use of marijuana, residents who complied with state laws and regulations would not be subject to harassment, arrest or incarceration by the federal government. Under those assurances, California’s marijuana industry flourished. Although Trump’s position on marijuana is not clear, his naming of Jeff Sessions (a staunch anti-drug crusader) as Attorney General suggested to many that the administration would eventually reverse the lenient Obama-era policies. To mitigate the risk of such a policy reversal, Assembly Member Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) proposed AB 1578. Today on the podcast, Trevor Wong joins Tyler to discuss AB 1578.