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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. Corey says:

      Please keep us updated on who is winning. This DOES have serious implications in State Police Practice.

    2. Freedom Forall says:

      THANK GOD !

    3. I would like to know how many of Cooley’s Republican followers were using the alleged (100%)illegal dispensaries and who of the State Board of Equalization authorized the opening of these dispensaries as businesses? If that is the case then those State Employees should all be fired in every district of the city and county.

    4. Chris P. says:

      This is big! If we beat him here then hes done for. If we lose not only will he cause problems in his term but he will attempt to move up to even higher offices in California. We stop him here we have a good chance of outsing his ass as LA DA as well.

    5. brian p says:

      I have to agree with Chris P. We don’t need his kind of backward thinking leadership!

    6. J says:

      Is there a web link for the CA secretary of state’s vote counts?
      (this last batch of ballots seems to have broken favorably if Harris is now ahead.)

    7. J says:

      Oops, didn’t see that “Secretary of State” was a hyperlink. Moderator, please take off these posts….

    8. claygooding says:

      Too bad he did not have to resign his office in LA to run for the AG.
      Now that the city council has put an amendment in place to allow 140 more dispensaries to open,he will have 140
      more targets for his righteous crusade.

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