always been a very responsive police department," Rosario told the Peninsula Beacon. "We're going to respond when we get complaints that any type of crime is occurring."
stores raided were Freak Factory in Mission Beach, 420 Smoke Shop in
Ocean Beach, Smoke-n-Stuff in Mission Valley, and Up In Smoke in the
College Area. The clerks on duty in the shops received misdemeanor
charges and could face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, and
forfeiture of paraphernalia items, according to Kristine Lorenzo of the
San Diego City Attorney's Office advisory division.
Rosario said police seized items that are illegal to sell and possess
according to California Health and Safety Code Section 11364.7,
including Marijuana pipes, bongs, and even grinders used to separate
stems and seeds from Marijuana.
Marijuana fixation and the raids themselves represent an apparent
hardening of attitudes on the part of the SDPD under new City Attorney
Jan Goldsmith, a retired superior court judge who assumed the office of
city attorney in December 2008.
2007, Goldsmith's predecessor, Mike Aguirre, had
sent letters to head shop owners warning them to stop selling anything
that could be classified as "drug paraphernalia" under California law
(which technically defines drug paraphernalia as anything that can be
used to consume drugs). But Aguirre then tried to "clarify" and soften
the letter, saying he was only going after materials used to smoke
"hard" drugs like crack cocaine or methamphetamines, rather than
distinction in April 2008, referring to how he was going after shops
"selling paraphernalia for these hard drugs." He also pointed out that
many of the shops receiving letters had stopped selling meth and crack
San Diego County -- told San Diego's Last Blog On Earth that he saw no real difference between Marijuana and hard
drugs, and he looked forward to closing down all the head shops in San
attorney, has Dr. Malone's hard-line attitude (totally unsupported by
science, if that matters) towards Marijuana become the official policy
of the San Diego Police Department? It sure looks that way.