Kamala Harris pulls ahead of Steve Cooley for California Attorney General

  • by Russ Belville, NORML Outreach Coordinator November 15, 2010

    Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley says dispensaries are "100% illegal".

    [UPDATED Monday] There is still hope for California’s medical marijuana dispensaries!  As of Monday morning, the California Secretary of State shows that SF DA Kamala Harris has pulled ahead of LA DA Steve Cooley by 15,199 votes to be the next Attorney General:

    Harris:  4,100,656 45.9%
    Cooley:  4,085,457 45.7%

    As Paul Armentano explained last Monday:

    The race for California Attorney General has significant implications for the distribution of medical cannabis in California, as Cooley has previously pledged to prosecute dispensaries that engage in over-the-counter cash sales of marijuana to authorized patients. In October, while serving as Los Angeles District Attorney, Cooley declared that state law bars sales of medical marijuana, and opined: “The vast, vast, vast majority, about 100%, of dispensaries in Los Angeles County and the city are operating illegally, they are dealing marijuana illegally. … The time is right to deal with this problem.”

    By contrast, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has previously voiced strong support for protecting the legal rights of patients who use cannabis medicinally.

    33 Responses to “Kamala Harris pulls ahead of Steve Cooley for California Attorney General”

    1. Party Drugs says:

      Dutch Reasons for Legalizing Marijuana.

    2. Rebel with a Cause says:

      To stand in the middle of a state 71% in favor of medical cannabis, and declare war on it, is just plain political suicide. L.A. will survive Cooley and California can rest easy again. The pot stalker will receive his just rewards. What goes around – comes around.

    3. Brinna Nanda says:

      As of November 21, these are the figures:
      Kamala Harris 4,309,362 46.0%
      Steve Cooley 4,266,968 45.5%

      This means her lead has increased to over 42,000 votes.

      P.S. @David762, excuse me, but are you saying the civil minded, common sense folks (like those who voted for Harris and Prop 203) are manipulating the voting machines? mmmm…. doesn’t seem like their style, somehow.

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