A California appeals court ruled this week that inmates serving time in prison can legally possess less than one ounce of marijuana in their cells… but cannot consume the drug.
“The 3rd District Court of Appeal’s 20-page ruling says the state’s voters legalized recreational possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in 2016, with no exception — even for those behind bars. The decision Tuesday overturned the Sacramento County convictions of five inmates who’d been found with marijuana in their prison cells,” reports Fox News.
“According to the plain language of…Proposition 64, possession of less than an ounce of cannabis in prison is no longer a felony,” decided a three-judge panel. “Smoking or ingesting cannabis in prison remains a felony.”
“The panel rejected the state’s argument that guards will lose control over prisons if inmates are free to possess small quantities of marijuana, noting possession can still be punished as a rules violation. Such punishments, The Mercury News says, could include having good behavior credits revoked,” adds Fox.
“It creates confusion,” Dan Olsen, a defense attorney, told FOX40. “If it’s illegal to take it in, it’s illegal to use it but now it’s not illegal to have it. It’s sort of like: what’s the point of making it not illegal to have it?”
The decision comes as the state legislature is poised to allow felons to serve on juries.
“SB310 will help ensure that California juries represent a fair cross-section of our communities…People with felony records have the right to vote in California. There is no legitimate reason why they should be barred from serving on a jury,” said state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley.
“Currently, felons are prevented from serving on juries because of their obvious and inherent bias against prosecutors and law enforcement,” reports the Orange County Record. “If you honestly believe that jurors in California who’ve served time won’t be more lenient towards accused criminals, I’ve got a bullet train to sell you.”
The bill comes days after the state legislature voted to “guarantee medical coverage” to “low-income illegal immigrants” residing in California; costing more than $98 million per year.
“In a stance to distance itself from President Trump’s administration, California is set to become the first state in the country to pay for tens of thousands of illegal immigrants to have full health benefits,” reports Fox News.
Read the full report at Fox News.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Gov. Says National Guard ‘WILL NOT ENFORCE’ Immigration Laws
California Governor Jerry Brown begrudgingly accepted President Trump’s demand that he deploy the National Guard to the southern border Wednesday, but defiantly declared his troops “will not be used to enforce federal immigration laws.”
The Golden State Governor agreed to send approximately 400 troops to the US-Mexico border; adding they will be used for targeting “criminal gangs” and “illegal firearms” but will not “build a wall” or “round up women and children.”
“Let’s be crystal clear on the scope of this mission. This will not be a mission to build a new wall. It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life. And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws,” said his statement.
“I agree with the Catholic Bishops who have said that local, state and federal officials should ‘work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life,’” he added.
Read his full statement here.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Governor Unveils New Plan to ‘TAX DRINKING WATER’
Liberal California Governor Jerry Brown offered a unique solution to solve his state’s crumbling infrastructure this week, unveiling his plan to “tax drinking water” on residents and businesses to help finance new infrastructure projects.
According to the Daily Caller, the revenue would help fund new pipelines and filtering facilities to help remove arsenic and other chemicals found in the state’s water supply -predominately in rural areas.
“Residents and businesses would pay a tax on their monthly water bills, while the average Californian would pay an additional $11.40 per year for drinking water. The agricultural industry would be forced to contribute through taxes on fertilizer purchases and fees paid by dairy farmers. Regulators have long argued California’s water is unsafe to drink,” writes the Caller.
The governor’s plan comes just one year after he signed a new bill raising taxes on gasoline throughout the state, sparking outrage from residents and local businesses who rely on automobiles and trucks to conduct their daily business.
The burdensome tax plan is raising Republicans’ hopes of a surprising “red wave” throughout the state during the 2018 midterm elections.
Read the full story at the Daily Caller.