SF Board of Supes President Condemns Cannabis Crackdown

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Lance Iverson/San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu: “With its recently announced ‘crack down’ on these dispensaries, the federal government has proposed a solution in search of a problem”

‚ÄčSan Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu responded this week to the Obama Administration’s crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California, calling the action “a solution in search of a problem.”

“Medical marijuana dispensaries are providing safe access to treatment options that many Californians depend on to live a comfortable, pain-free life,” Chiu wrote in a Wednesday email to Shona Gochenaur of the Axis of Love, a San Francisco dispensary.
“With its recently announced ‘crack down’ on these dispensaries, the federal government has proposed a solution in search of a problem, while California law supports allowing these distribution centers to give patients the medicine they need,” Chiu said.
“I am very disappointed in Attorney General Holder’s decision and hope that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Francisco focuses on more important issues than restricting access to a legal medical treatment,” Chiu said.

Chiu also this week cosponsored a Board resolution, along with Supervisors David Campos, Eric Mar, John Avalos, Ross Mirkarimi, Jane Kim and Scott Wiener, condemning the federal crackdown on dispensaries, reports Cal Pot News.

“I believe it’s important for us … to be very clear that we support the right of patients to have access to medicine,” said Campos, chief sponsor of the non-binding resolution.
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