California Scraps $14 Million Budget For Black Market Cannabis Offensive

Legislators dropped the cannabis clean-up measure before any ink could dry

California Governor Jerry Brown met with state legislators early this week to solidify a state budget. At the Sacramento meeting, both parties agreed to a finance plan pushing hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent homelessness and encourage higher education, but declined to allocate $14 million of proposed funding towards statewide enforcement against black market cannabis.

According to the Los Angeles Times, legislators rejected the illicit marijuana interdiction cash, citing funding complications. In a draft of the state budget released by Governor Brown last month, $14 million was set aside to create five teams in the Golden State attorney general’s office specifically tasked with “targeting illegal cannabis activity with an emphasis on complex, large-scale financial and tax evasion investigations.”


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