By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 02/24/17 – 5:26 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A letter signed by all of the city’s policy makers asks President Donald Trump for help fighting crime and the use of drugs in the city, including marijuana, which majorities in the state and city voted to allow.

But the letter, sent before White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday to expect “greater enforcement” of federal laws against recreational marijuana, doesn’t actually have the support of everyone who signed it.

“I must have missed that part,” Councilman Benito Barrios said of the references to marijuana. “I don’t agree with it at all. As a council, we understand that the voters have spoken and they want us to regulate. … We have to create safe public use.”

Mayor Carey Davis drafted the letter Feb. 13 and then had it signed by all seven City Council members as well as the city attorney, city manager and police chief.

The letter begins by congratulating Trump, then reminds the president of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack and of Trump’s offer to send federal assistance to stop the “carnage” in Chicago.

“As San Bernardino emerges from bankruptcy we are striving to revitalize our community but continue to face many challenges including violent crime,” the letter continues. “Many of these crimes revolve around illicit drug trafficking, including marijuana. … In order to more effectively reduce crime it would help our city to gain the support and partnership of the U.S. Department of Justice in our efforts to address illicit drug and marijuana trafficking.”

Davis said by phone that, given the national attention San Bernardino got after the attack, he estimated there was more than a 50 percent chance the White House would at least respond, and he disagreed that San Bernardino had expressed its preference to regulate rather than ban marijuana.

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