San Francisco supervisors go on record opposing federal pot crackdown

The Board of Supervisors is going on record opposing the recent statewide crackdown on medical marijuana by federal law enforcement.

In San Francisco, the United States Attorney for the Northern District sent letters in late September to landlords renting to pot clubs threatening them with up to 40 years in jail and loss of their property.

A resolution introduced by Supervisor David Campos calls this action “bad policy” and “harassment” of both providers of the drug and patients.

“We want to send a very strong message to the federal government that they live up to the promises that the president made when he was running for president,” Campos said.

The board’s City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee approved the resolution Monday. It also calls on President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to enact a federal law that would respect state medical cannabis laws.

The full board will vote on the resolution Tuesday. A resolution carries no legal weight but does send a political message.

Under federal law marijuana is an illegal drug, but under state and local law medical marijuana is legal as are dispensaries selling the drug. Advocates of the drug’s medical use feel particularly betrayed by the action since Obama, when running for office, had said he would respect state laws when it came to medical marijuana.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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