San Francisco supervisors vote to make pot offenses
lowest law enforcement priority
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
November 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco supervisors today
voted to make marijuana offenses the Police Department's lowest
priority, though prohibitions remain for marijuana sales in public,
possession by minors or use by motorists.
"San Francisco should determine its marijuana policy locally,
not hand them over to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration,"
stated the ordinance by Supervisor Tom Ammiano. "Law enforcement
resources would be better spent fighting serious and violent crimes."
Supervisor Tom Ammiano
Ammiano's bill was opposed by supervisors Sean Elsbernd, Michela
Alioto-Pier and Fiona Ma.
The law also urges the San Francisco district attorney, Kamala
Harris, to make prosecution of marijuana offenses her office's
lowest priority. A community oversight committee was also created
to monitor implementation of the law.
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