January 1, 2018 many new laws began affecting the State of California.
by John Mistler
2017 Yuba County Marijuana overview:
The new Marijuana regulations on recreational use and Medical Marijuana (MJ) requirements are now out and many counties and cities are adjusting to these regulations. In August 2017 Yuba County leaders were saying in reference to MJ and the shooting of two deputies, " ... the fact is this is not a state of emergency...." In November of 2017 the Yuba County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that made all commercial grows in the un-incorporated area of the county illegal. Then on the 28th of December 2017 the board declared, by resolution, a "Marijuana State of Emergency". The emergency declaration was stated as necessary because the illegal grows had become an issue that was overwhelming the county's resources when it came to the safety of the citizens and the damage being done to the environment through the pollution of streams and underground water. The board hopes this action will help get financial aid from the state or feds.
Another new law makes California officially a "Sanctuary State". The law bars police in the nation’s most populous state from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities in most cases. According to John S. Roberts, just hours after January 1, 2018 signs starting popping up all over California. Anonymous Street artists moved out to highways once again to ring in the new year by posting messages to the “Welcome to California” highway signs. It is unclear who originated this action.
Fox News quote: Drivers entering California are being greeted with signs proclaiming the liberal bastion an “OFFICIAL SANCTUARY STATE,” according to photos and videos circulating on social media appearing to show a prankster attached the official-looking blue signs just below legitimate “Welcome to California” markers.
The Sanctuary State sign, which adds “Felons, Illegals and MS13 [gang members] welcome,” is similar to one hung up by a Malibu activist last year.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) spokesman Mark Dinger told Fox News on Tuesday, 1/2/2018, that one of the signs was taken down yesterday on Interstate-15 near the California/Nevada border.