Former SF Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi Works as Pot Consultant in Uruguay

Ross Mirkarimi may no longer be San Francisco’s most progressive Sheriff, but he is now one of Uruguay’s biggest proponents for legalizing medical marijuana.

Last year Uruguay announced it would begin selling recreational cannabis, a move that coincided with the countries decision to legalize (or rather decriminalize) marijuana cultivation and consumption. It’s expected that legal cannabis will be available in pharmacies by the end of this year, if not sooner.

So how the heck is San Francisco’s former Sheriff helping shape Uruguay’s newly formed drug laws? By working as a consultant to the government on how to clear the path for legalizing medical marijuana.

“You may recall in 2005, I was the supervisor who sponsored San Francisco’s first regulatory framework for medical cannabis dispensaries,” Mirkarimi said in a text to Bay Area columnists.

 And, he added, it later “also turned out that I was the only sheriff in California to support legalization (of weed) for adult use.”
 
This “marijuana mission” is the opening chapter in Ross Mirkarimi’s new career as the head of RMir Pro Civicus Consulting firm, which intends to specialize in environmental, law enforcement and general public policy work in the U.S. and abroad.
I won’t speak about Mirkarimi’s wife’s Venezuelan actress Eliana Lopez’s decision to also release her own one-woman play “What Is the Scandal?about the domestic violence case that haunted her husband throughout his four years as sheriff because, you know, KushCA hates gossip….
 

Petey Wheatstraw

My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I'm an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion-- not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I've lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities. Click Here for Free Cannabis