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.
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.