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CA black market for pot stifling legal sales. Now gov wants to step up enforcement…

“Perhaps the biggest setback for tougher enforcement was a result of a dispute last year between Brown and Democratic leaders in the state Assembly” writes Patrick Mcgreevy for latimes.com. Brown proposed in his final budget to provide $14 million to create five enforcement teams — each located in a different part of the state — to investigate California’s black market for marijuana, with an emphasis on going after drug cartels and gangs. But negotiations stalled last year in a dispute over how to pay for the program. Source: latimes.com

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Gov. Gavin Newsom calls for tougher enforcement against California’s black market for pot

“Perhaps the biggest setback for tougher enforcement was a result of a dispute last year between Brown and Democratic leaders in the state Assembly” writes Patrick Mcgreevy for latimes.com. Brown proposed in his final budget to provide $14 million to create five enforcement teams — each located in a different part of the state — to investigate California’s black market for marijuana, with an emphasis on going after drug cartels and gangs. But negotiations stalled last year in a dispute over how to pay for the program. Source: latimes.com

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Part of confrontational “first amendment audit” videos

“A YouTuber who films her own confrontations with law enforcement was shot yesterday while recording a security guard outside a Los Angeles synagogue and high school” writes Feb Est for theverge.com. Security outside synagogues has increased in recent years, with a renewed focus on security after a shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life killed 11 people last October.In practice, many of these videos become confrontational, leading to escalating law enforcement reactions and, in some cases, arrests. Source: theverge.com

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Surprise! Amazon’s suggestions for facial recognition laws wouldn’t govern them at all

“Reports showcasing the discriminatory potential of Amazon’s own facial recognition technology, Rekognition, directly inspired the report” writes Rachel Kraus for mashable.com. Amazon’s most far reaching suggestion is that all existing civil rights legislation apply to facial recognition technology.The note also suggests that law enforcement use facial recognition in a human-moderated and limited capacity for its investigations. Source: mashable.com

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Amazon recommends 6 guidelines for facial recognition legislation

“Amazon is supporting a national facial recognition law, though some local jurisdictions are eager to take the matter into their own hands” writes Monica Nickelsburg for geekwire.com. Amazon is taking an active role advising lawmakers on legislation that would govern facial recognition technology, like the Seattle tech company’s own Rekognition software.They are: Why it matters: Amazon is playing defense as civil rights activists and lawmakers sound the alarm over facial recognition technology.Amazon’s wishlist: Punke outlined six recommendations for policymakers writing facial recognition laws. Source: geekwire.com

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House Democrats are renewing a push to require the country’s 80,000 federal immigration and border employees to wear body cameras while on the job.

“House Democrats are renewing a push to require the country’s 80,000 federal immigration and border employees to wear body cameras while on the job” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The ICE and CBP Body Camera Accountability Act would require body cameras be worn by all law enforcement and the footage from any incidents be made available to the defendant and plaintiff.ICE spokesman Matthew Bourke said the agency does not comment on proposed legislation, but did say the agency remains “dedicated to conducting immigration enforcement humanely, respectfully, and with professionalism.”. Body cameras have been…

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Police body armor-piercing bullets could trigger congressional action

“Obviously, the safety of law enforcement is the greatest concern and you don’t want individuals in the marketplace attempting to purchase this, which would certainly endanger the lives of law enforcement officers.”” reports washingtonexaminer.com. “Congress would move quickly probably at the request of law enforcement and ATF to ban that,” Misko told the Washington Examiner.A Tennessee engineer’s plan to create a bullet that could pierce police body armor would likely lead to federal legislation prohibiting the ammunition, according to gun law attorneys. Source: washingtonexaminer.com

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How to fight China’s financial abuses: Crack down on anonymous companies

“State-linked Chinese companies and individuals have also made extensive use of anonymous companies to circumvent U.S. sanctions, most notably in their dealings with North Korea” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The Chinese state-linked companies, transnational criminal organizations, and corrupt officials the U.S. now accuses of wrongdoing often rely on so-called “anonymous companies” to conceal illicit activities.Closer to home, anonymous companies are an integral part of the deadly fentanyl trade that originates in China and kills tens of thousands of Americans each year.Anonymous companies, often referred to as shell companies, are incorporated in jurisdictions…

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US Securities Regulator Solicits Blockchain Analytics Companies for Data Review

“The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking sources for blockchain data and its analysis, a statement issued by the agency revealed on Jan. 31” writes Adrian Zmudzinski for cointelegraph.com. Other than providing the data, the companies are also required to parse the data for ease in reviewing.According to the Jan. 31 statement, the agency expressed interest in potential sources for data concerning the most popular blockchain ledgers.According to the statement, the SEC is trying to find businesses able to provide blockchain data to support its risk monitoring…

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