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State still struggling with marijuana legalization

Almost two years into California's legalization of recreational marijuana, state lawmakers and law enforcement officials are still struggling with how to regulate and manage the newly legalized industry of marijuana sales. Recently, 25 local governments sued the state, seeking to overturn a new rule that allows home deliveries of marijuana.

The rule, which was adopted in January, allows sellers to deliver marijuana to the homes of buyers with few restrictions, even in communities that have prohibited marijuana sales. Twenty-five local governments, including the city of Beverly Hills and Santa Cruz County, have joined the lawsuit.

The rule allows commercial sellers to delivery to any physical address in the state. Proponents of the rule say home deliveries are necessary in order to give all California residents access to legal marijuana. Because marijuana is still illegal under federal law, it may not be sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

However, when voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016, they were told that local governments could prohibit nonmedical pot sales, if they wished to do so. The governments joining the lawsuit argue that the delivery rule undercuts their authority and interferes with their ability to regulate the pot business in their communities.

This lawsuit is just one example of how the federal, state and local governments have struggled to come to grips with the growing movement to legalize recreational marijuana in several states. Thousands of Americans are still serving long sentences in prison on marijuana-related charges, and drug charges remain serious problems for thousands of Californians.

People who are facing drug charges need help from a skilled criminal defense attorney who has experience in the rapidly changing world of drug crime prosecution.

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