As California legalizes pot, laws collide at US checkpoints
PINE VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - California legalizes marijuana for recreational use Monday, but this won't stop federal agents from seizing it on busy freeways and backcountry highways. Marijuana possession will still be prohibited at eight border patrol checkpoints in California: a reminder that state and federal laws collide when it comes to pot. The checkpoints are up to 100 miles from Mexico and are considered the final line of defense against illegal immigration. They're also a trap for people carrying drugs--even minute amounts of marijuana. California's new law will allow anyone 21 and over to carry up to an ounce, or 28 grams, of marijuana. A recent government report found 40 percent of pot seizures at border patrol checkpoints from fiscal years 2013 to 2016 were an ounce or less from U.S. citizens.