It’s Washington versus California on marijuana, climate change, offshore oil drilling and immigration this week as bubbling disagreements between President Donald Trump’s administration and California all seemed to spill over at once.
by Z. Byron Wolf
Washington (CNN) – The Trump administration picked a notable moment to undo the Obama-era legal guidance that seemed to give states leeway to legalize marijuana: four days after California, the nation’s largest by population and most important state economically, officially legalized marijuana for recreational purposes.
On immigration, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Thomas Homan, said on Fox Business Network that “California better hold on tight” after enacting a new law to protect undocumented immigrants from federal authorities.
“There’s no sanctuary from federal law enforcement,” he said, adding that the state would be seeing a lot more agents and deportations as a result.
CNN’s Holly Yan recently wrote that as a result of the law, both state and local law enforcement agencies will not be allowed to use their funds or personnel to investigate, detain or arrest people for immigration enforcement purposes. Unofficially called a “sanctuary state” bill, supporters, such as California Gov. Jerry Brown, said it “prohibits the commandeering of local officials to do the work of immigration agents.”
The White House has not responded to a CNN request for comment. But the marijuana announcement wasn’t the only move the Trump administration made Thursday which could run afoul of California — but not national — law.
US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the US would undo an Obama-era action and explore new offshore oil drilling, including off the coast of California, where there have been no new leases granted in decades.
“It’s better to produce energy here and never be held hostage by foreign enemy needs,” Zinke said, adding it’s a “clear difference between energy weakness and energy dominance.”