San Francisco Steps Back From Safe Injection Sites Under Threat From Federal Laws
According to sources, city officials were warned that they could be held criminally liable if they moved forward with plans.
San Francisco Chronicle:
Plan For Safe Injection Site Gets Dose Of Reality Over Federal Drug Laws
There’s a reason San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced that she is opening a model of a safe injection center in the Tenderloin: She’s been warned by the city attorney that opening a real injection site, where drug users can shoot up under supervision, could get her in hot water with the federal government. According to City Hall sources, City Attorney Dennis Herrera had confidentially advised her predecessor, former Mayor Mark Farrell, and members of the the Board of Supervisors that they could be held criminally liable under federal drug statutes if they attempted to move ahead with the injection centers — that was a red flag warning not to proceed. (Matier and Ross, 7/16)