Tuesday, July 11, 2006

West Hollywood Takes Aim at Marijuana Law
City leaders in West Hollywood California adopted a resolution on June 20 calling on sheriff's deputies not to target certain adult marijuana users. The resolution directs the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, which contracts with this left-leaning city, not to "target adult marijuana users who consume this drug in private and pose no danger to the community." Minors and drug dealers would still be subject to arrest, and smoking in public would still be prohibited, the resolution says. The resolution is not legally enforceable, but sends a message that law enforcement officers should "leave the pot smokers alone" and go after more serious crimes, said Councilman John Duran, the resolution's sponsor.

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