SF Weekly:”Marijuana Advocates Ditch Kamala Harris For Weed-Friendly Republican”

Sick of being the butt of mainstream Democrats’ jokes, legalization backers are now backing Republican Ron Gold, Harris’s long-shot challenger who paid a visit to several San Francisco marijuana dispensaries and spoke at cannabis trade school Oaksterdam University on Monday (and was on KQED this morning)…

Gold’s quest to unseat Harris has been at times deemed quixotic, a long-shot, and symbolic. And indeed, Harris seems like a surefire shoo-in to be re-elected. She is a big-name Democrat in deep-blue California,..

Harris is using her record on fighting mortgage fraud and transnational criminal gangs, as well as upholding Obama programs like the Affordable Care Act. As for Gold … well, there’s a good reason why he’s called Ron “Acapulco” Gold.

“Marijuana is the key singular issue in this campaign… and she hasn’t done anything” for the state’s marijuana industry, he said.

Worse, she has done cannabis an ill turn, he said. Gold rattled off a list of her misdeeds, including declining to join in other states’ efforts to remove marijuana from the DEA’s list of most-dangerous substances while failing to help the state’s cannabis industry during the 2011 federal Justice Department crackdown…

If elected, Gold says one of the first orders of business would be to craft regulations for a statewide weed industry, something that the Legislature has failed to do for some time now. He’d also push to allow California medical marijuana sellers to be able to turn a profit, something they can’t accomplish under current state law.

Chris Roberts profiles the campaign of Ron Gold, Republican candidate for Attorney-General @ http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/10/08/marijuana-advocates-ditch-kamala-harris-for-weed-friendly-republican

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