state bodies respond with sweeping disregard.
That was until this past
telling San Francisco city officials and local potheads to go smoke a a big fat one.
Besides periodic name changes, the letter remains the same. The city makes its message short and sweet -- and it will continue to do so for all eternity unless the law is overturned -- that San Francisco wants the federal and state governments to "take immediate steps to tax and regulate marijuana use, cultivation, and distribution and to authorize local communities to do the same."
"I received your letter and want to thank you for informing me of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors' passage of an ordinance to deprioritize marijuana offenses by
adults and request that the federal and California state governments do the same. I
appreciate hearing the views of the Board on this issue.
I do not support the legalization of any illegal narcotics, including marijuana. As
you may be aware, I opposed California Proposition 19, which would have allowed
adults to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. My convictions on this matter
have developed over many years of experience in criminal justice, including nine years as
a mayor who worked very closely with the law-enforcement community. I know the
tragedy that drug abuse causes in the lives of the addicted and to victims of drug-related
crimes and their families. I have also seen the devastation drugs can inflict on
"If I may be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact my staff on the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, ofwhich I am Chairman," she wrote.