A report released in August showed that approximately 9,000 felony arrests associated with weed were made in California last year. The numbers were surprising due to the fact that California has traditionally had lax marijuana laws since 1996 when Prop. 215, a law allowing patients to get a prescription for medical marijuana, was passed.
The mayor of a major California city is facing both misdemeanor and felony charges connected to activities at a summer camp for disadvantaged children. Stockton mayor Anthony Ray Silva is accused of covertly recording a game of strip poker played by young people at an Amador County camp in August 2015. Silva was taken into custody by federal agents on Aug. 4. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond. Charges against the 41-year-old public official include a felony eavesdropping count and misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors contributing to the delinquency of minors and child endangerment.