Resolution condemns DEA threats
to marijuana dispensary landlords

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Published on February 26, 2008 with 1 Comment

By Ari Burack

February 26, 2008

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed a resolution condemning federal authorities for sending letters to landlords of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city, notifying them of the possibility of imprisonment and seizure of their property.

The resolution was approved this afternoon by a 7 to 2 vote. The resolution calls the letters – issued in December by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to about 50 Northern California landlords, some in San Francisco –“misguided and sensationally threatening harassment.”

The resolution was authored by Supervisor Chris Daly and co-sponsored by supervisors Jake McGoldrick and Ross Mirkarimi.

According to the DEA, the letters were sent out “basically as a courtesy,” informing landlords the cannabis clubs were operating on their property, constituting a violation of federal law, the penalty for which includes seizure of assets, including property, and up to 20 years in prison.

The resolution, which reaffirms San Francisco as “a sanctuary for medical cannabis,” states that the DEA “has repeatedly subverted and undermined California’s, and many other states’, laws governing medical cannabis.”

It also accuses the DEA of “increasingly acting on its irrational policy and hysteria regarding medical cannabis specifically, and the so-called War on Drugs in general.”

According to the resolution, medical marijuana dispensaries are a health and safety issue that should be governed by the state of California.

The resolution pledges to support “lawfully operating” cannabis dispensaries and property owners who lease to them. Those facing federal prosecution would receive the support of the city attorney, according to the resolution.

The resolution also calls on the U.S. Congress to investigate the conduct of the DEA and to revise federal law to authorize states to legalize medical marijuana.