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It’s the end of the week, which means it must be time for The Daily Leaf’s weekly marijuana news roundup. We scour the headlines for the important and bizarre happenings in the cannabis world each week and deliver some choice tidbits to you.

Local Law Enforcement May Refuse To Enforce Federal Marijuana Laws

With speculation rising about how the Trump Administration will deal with marijuana in states where it is legal, some local jurisdictions are announcing that they’ll refuse to comply with federal requests in pot related cases. LA Weekly reports that California State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer from Los Angeles has announced that he’s introducing a bill in the State Assembly to ensure that local police won’t help federal agencies prosecuting marijuana crime. Likening the position to that of sanctuary cities who refuse to enforce federal immigration, Assemblyman Jones-Sawyer sees it as “part of the larger California resistance to federal intrusion.”

 

Portland Dispensary to Sponsor Formula Drift Race Car

Okay, there’s no point in pretending: your Daily Leaf correspondent comes from old school Portland hippie stock. He knows more about granola than racecars. Because car racing is trash. Seriously? We apologize to our Gresham readership, but cars driving in circles as entertainment is trifling. Anyway, because maybe Vancouver’s reading this, we thought we’d let you know that Las Vegas and Portland dispensary chain, Shango, is now sponsoring a Formula Drift car. We have no idea what Formula Drift is, but we’re guessing it’s some C Grade car racing behind Formula One and NASCAR.

 

The First Signs of a Crackdown?

It’s hard to say whether this means something or not, but since we’re all holding our breath these days, we think it’s worth noting. Records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that the Justice Department has contacted the Colorado Attorney General’s office to request details related to marijuana cases in Colorado. Maybe we say this too much, but it’s important to remember that this could mean nothing at all. Or, it could mean that we’re about to see a bunch of marijuana arrests in Colorado. Fingers crossed.

 

First Steps in Serious Science on Cannabis Genetics

We won’t go into too many details here because science is hard, but this piece (and the corresponding research) are worth a read. We feel like a broken record here at The Daily Leaf, because we’re constantly going on about the poor state of cannabis science in America, thanks largely to broken policies at the National Institute for Drug Abuse, which oversees clinical trials involving marijuana. Canada is stepping up, with a new study mapping the genome of marijuana strains in order to identify the relationship between terpene content and cannabis fragrance.