George Gascon Flipflops on Medical Marijuana

With less than six months as district attorney on his résumé — and zero cases personally tried in court — George Gascón has a thin record on which to stand for re-election in November. But the former chief of police is doing what he can to rally a base, even among the medical marijuana community.

"My office is not interested in prosecuting legal cultivation sites connected with a registered dispensary," Gascón told a July 5 meeting of Americans for Safe Access, a patients' advocacy group.

Meanwhile, his office is pressing felony charges against 63-year old Wayne Kiloh, who has legally cultivated medical cannabis for Green Cross for nearly seven years, according to its CEO, Kevin Reed. Kiloh's Richmond District home was raided by police in July 2010, and despite Reed's good standing as a registered dispensary operator and his insistence that Kiloh was growing for his collective, prosecutors declined to drop charges during a July 7 hearing and offered Kiloh a felony plea.

Erica Derryck, a spokeswoman for the District Attorney, assures SF Weekly this could all be cleared up easily. "Someone from Green Cross communicated to police that [Kiloh] was not an employee," she says, noting that a permit from the Department of Public Health, on site at Kiloh's home, was expired. If Green Cross presents any information to the contrary, she says, the charges may be dropped, "but nothing has been presented to us to demonstrate any relationship."

The Green Cross disputes this. "At no time did a conversation between Green Cross and the police take place," spokeswoman Caren Woodson says. Paperwork at the Hall of Justice demonstrating Kiloh's legitimacy — including tax forms and a letter identifying Kiloh as a grower for the collective — was seized by police during the raid, and extra copies were furnished to prosecutors as late as this July 7, Woodson says. "All of it is right in their hands," she says.

Kiloh's attorney, Jeremy Blank, is working to settle the case with prosecutors, who will take their cues from Gascón for a full four years if he wins in November. But what cues will he send?

 
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Flemingrandolph
Flemingrandolph

You could get 'whip lash' trying to follow this consummate politician , he flip flops so much.

Denzil Duane Roper
Denzil Duane Roper

Hmmm ; Enteresting.! I was browsing Shasta Co/Op web-site and an owner or manager or someone contacted me back by telephone. I think he was East Indian what with his accent and asking or comenting,"i pick you!" I'm not sure what he meant 'cause i couldn't understand most of his words due too his accent.But i think he may have been inquiring as too wheather i would grow for his collective.After reading above i think i'll go see him in person

Alphonse Quaggles
Alphonse Quaggles

Does Roberts really think the DA's office wants to take such a case to court, expecting to win? There must be more to the story than he is reporting.

Johntaber
Johntaber

If our President can lie to us and then laugh about it like were all a bunch of school kids looking for a buzz. Then I know where my vote and many others who were fulled last election wont be at this next one.The only way to change for the better is to vote out all the liers, and thats the only way.

REW
REW

Retired Police Chief George Gascon is unqualified to serve as San Francisco's District Attorney, he has no backround as a prosecutor or even as a lawyer, his credentials for this job is he took some night law classes, but not recently. He has never tried a criminal case! To turn over an critical job like this to an inexperienced beginner is just plain bad government, this puts the community at risk. The best candidate for this job Deputy District Attorney Sharmin Bock, she has 22 years experiece as a prosecutor and has developed national reputation for her legal skills. The reason I am strongly supporting Bock is her history of being an advocate for crime victims that often fall through the cracks of the criminal justice system, abused women, women that are "trafficked", abused kids, and the elderly. SF doesn't need a politician or a paper pusher as our next DA, the community needs a skilled prosecutor that will be an advocate for crime victims.

Gardunos
Gardunos

Shocker! Another politician who lied, and continues to lie! Same as Obama. He lied about his real intentions regarding medical marijuana. I might have to run for president if thus crap keeps up!

 
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