Supes send feds a message regarding crackdown on medical marijuana

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi — who authored the first regulations for San Francisco’s medical marijuana dispensaries — was none too happy about what he called President Barak Obama’s administration’s “moving with incredible ferociousness” to attack pot clubs in The City and throughout the state.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted 8-to-3 to approve a resolution introduced by Supervisor David Campos that condemns the federal government’s crackdown.

“Our city government should not shy away from the fact that the war on drugs in this country has been an abysmal failure,” Mirkarimi said.

Supervisors Mark Farrell, Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu opposed the resolution.

Campos said that “here in San Francisco the use of medical cannabis is something that is very important and it’s very important for specific communities.” He said that there are “a large number of HIV+ individuals and many of those individuals are benefiting from medical cannabis. In that sense it is about patients’ rights and human rights. We are simply asking our federal government to respect state law, respect the will of the voters and to give patients access and properly regulated access to medication.”

The resolution is non-binding but it sends a political message.

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