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Committee Advises California Judges Not To Invest In Pot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A California Supreme Court committee is advising judges in the Golden State to stay away from pot – that is, investments in pot businesses. The court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions said Wednesday that maintaining any interest in a business that involves medical or recreational marijuana is incompatible with a judge’s obligation to follow the law. That’s because marijuana remains illegal under federal law despite its growing acceptance among states. The committee said involvement in a pot business could also cast doubt on a judge’s ability to act impartially, particularly in marijuana-related cases. According to its opinion, Maryland, Washington and Colorado also prohibit judicial involvement with marijuana. The pot guidance was issued in response to a request from a judicial officer or candidate for judicial office.