San Franscisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, who is the Democratic nominee for California attorney general, is not in favor of allowing the sale of marijuana for adult recreational use.
That means Harris is against Proposition 19, a ballot measure that would control and tax the drug, as well as other San Francisco politicians.
Harris does support medical use of cannabis, a stance reflected in a 2005 statement on the DA’s Web site that Harris penned in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that state laws did not protect patients who use medical marijuana from federal prosecution:
“It is wrong to pursue policies that punish Americans who are sick and use small amounts of marijuana in private as prescribed by a doctor,” Harris wrote. “It is a much smarter use of law enforcement resources to focus on real threats to community safety, such the as trafficking and production of methamphetamine, heroin, and crack cocaine. In my own life, I have had loved ones and close friends who relied on medical marijuana to relieve their suffering and even prolong their lives.”
But she draws the line at recreational sales, a campaign spokeswoman told the San Francisco Appeal:
“Harris said recreational sales would just create new headaches for a beleaguered system that needs to better regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and to assist nonviolent drug offenders.
“Harris said she supports medicinal marijuana – ‘I have personally known people who have benefited from its use’ – but that she thinks California needs consistent standards about ownership and operation of dispensaries and that legislation to bring state standards would be the most helpful.”