San Francisco Supervisor Leno Urges Voters To Pass Proposition S
San Francisco voters should support Proposition S, an initiative on next week's ballot that would allow San Francisco officials to explore the possibility of creating a city-run medical marijuana distribution program, Mark Leno, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and author of the ballot initiative, writes in a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece (Leno, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/30). The measure would call on city officials to examine a program to cultivate medical marijuana for distribution to patients with chronic diseases such as cancer and AIDS who have a recommendation from a physician (California Healthline, 7/23). Noting that the U.S. government's continued "assault" on local cannabis clubs, which grow and distribute medical marijuana, has limited many patients' access to the drug, Leno says San Francisco needs to explore an "an alternative distribution network," as required under Proposition S. Leno concludes that Proposition S is a measure that "both the left and the right can embrace: For the very same reasons governments should stay out of our bedrooms, it should also stay out of our medicine cabinets. Please join me in supporting Proposition S" (San Francisco Chronicle, 10/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.