SF's D.A. Again Pledges Support for Medical Marijuana

Former chief of police and current District Attorney George Gascón supports medical marijuana.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Mar 29, 2012  |  Updated 1:58 PM PDT
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SF's D.A. Again Pledges Support for Medical Marijuana

Jodi Hernandez

The San Francisco District Attorney's Office made filings that say all sales of marijuana are illegal, but the DA himself said he doesn't support that filing.

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George Gascón, the San Francisco District Attorney, was for medical marijuana before his office said he was against it.

And he's for it again -- right now. Gascón's office in March filed a legal brief in which he stated that all sales of marijuana are illegal, but the District Attorney reacted to a San Francisco Examiner story on Wednesday, distancing himself from the brief, saying it was filed without his knowledge or approval, the newspaper reported.

"I support medical marijuana and I have said that very many times," Gascón told the newspaper. "This particular brief was crafted three years ago and has been used from time to time by our attorneys. … I have already taken steps to take that memo out of circulation."

Gascón made the filing in a case of a medical marijuana deliverywoman arrested by San Francisco police for selling marijuana. Her attorney, former District Attorney Terence Hallinan, says that she had all of her proper medical paperwork and that the charges should be dismissed.

Gascón's office charged her with two felonies that have yet to be dropped.

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