At a press conference Wednesday about fire dangers sparked by illegal marijuana grows, Police Chief George Gascon was quick to point out – repeatedly – that police enforcement efforts were not aimed at marijuana users.
But does he believe the problems illegal grows present – electrical fires, blight, organized crime and robbery risks – could be eliminated by legalizing marijuana?
That was one of the questions the police chief faced Wednesday. At first, he appeared to consider the question, suggesting people need only look back to the days of prohibition, when organized crime flourished. Then, he quickly got back on track, telling the crowd of reporters the topic of the day was illegal grow operations in the Sunset.