|Put that in your pipe and smoke it, San Francisco.|
Wait, not all of your tax dollars are wasted in San Francisco. Your local bureaucrats make it part of their job to send a letter every February to state and federal politicians restating the city's desire that the government legalize marijuana.
But with every year that passes, and each with missive sent, federal and
state bodies respond with sweeping disregard.
That was until this past
On April 13, Sen. Dianne Feinstein had a staff member write what was believed to be the first-ever response, essentially
telling San Francisco city officials and local potheads to go smoke a a big fat one.
As much taxpayer money that is seemingly wasted every year, reminding politicians that San Francisco has a pro-toker stance isn't particularly egregious: A City Hall staffer simply sets a reminder for every February to send the city's annual letter to these higher-up pols.
"The most time-consuming part of the task is making sure you have the latest and greatest politicians," said the city official assigned to the task, who didn't want to be named because, well, she's merely doing her job. "This year the governor is Jerry Brown. We wouldn't want to be sending the letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger."
Besides periodic name changes, the letter remains the same. The city makes its message short and sweet -- and it will continue to do so for all eternity unless the law is overturned -- that San Francisco wants the federal and state governments to "take immediate steps to tax and regulate marijuana use, cultivation, and distribution and to authorize local communities to do the same."
Unlike other politicians, who've apparently agreed to ignore this message, Feinstein decided to have a little fun with her hometown. So she sent a letter to the city supervisors, wondering what they've been smoking. She declared that their request wouldn't come to fruition if she had any say in the matter.
An excerpt from Feinstein's letter:
"I received your letter and want to thank you for informing me of the San Francisco
Board of Supervisors' passage of an ordinance to deprioritize marijuana offenses by
adults and request that the federal and California state governments do the same. I
appreciate hearing the views of the Board on this issue.
I do not support the legalization of any illegal narcotics, including marijuana. As
you may be aware, I opposed California Proposition 19, which would have allowed
adults to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use. My convictions on this matter
have developed over many years of experience in criminal justice, including nine years as
a mayor who worked very closely with the law-enforcement community. I know the
tragedy that drug abuse causes in the lives of the addicted and to victims of drug-related
crimes and their families. I have also seen the devastation drugs can inflict on
As if that toke wasn't harsh enough, Feinstein ended her letter making it clear she has the means, along with the will, to nip San Francisco's legalization desires in the bud.
"If I may be of assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact my staff on the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control, ofwhich I am Chairman," she wrote.
So put that in your pipe and smoke it, San Francisco.
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