Ca. Attorney General Ca. Attorney General Candidate Kamala Harris Opposes Legalizing
Running to become California's top law enforcement officer, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said Tuesday she supports regulating medicinal marijuana dispensaries but not allowing cannabis sale for recreational use.
Harris, meeting with The Bee's Capitol Bureau, said she does not support efforts by San Francisco Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, to permit marijuana to be sold and taxed much like liquor.
One of six Democratic candidates for attorney general, Harris said recreational sales would just create new headaches for a beleaguered system that needs to better regulate medical marijuana dispensaries and to assist nonviolent drug offenders.
"This is just going to confuse everything even more," she said of legalizing recreational marijuana use.
Harris said she supports medicinal marijuana – "I have personally known people who have benefited from its use" – but that she thinks California needs consistent standards about ownership and operation of dispensaries.
"I think legislation is probably the best way to do it, because we want a state standard, that would be the most helpful," she said.
Harris is running in the Democratic primary against Assemblymen Ted Lieu of Torrance; Alberto Torrico of Newark; Pedro Nava of Santa Barbara; Rocky Delgadillo, former Los Angeles city attorney; and Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer. Attorney Michael Schmier also is expected to enter the race but has not been active in fundraising.