L.A. Sheriff Prefers Scientology to Marijuana

Friday, September 10, 2010
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Los Angeles Cou...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeWhile I would expect most police officers to say no to marijuana and other drugs I find it interesting that Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca is fighting California's Proposition 19 (California's Control and Tax Cannabis proposition) while touting Scientology's drug treatment programs. It sounds as though Sheriff Baca has gotten into the evidence locker again.

In a typical pot is bad, religion (Scientology) is good speech, Sheriff Baca, who is the co-chair of the No on 19 campaign, spouted off numerous claims. Among the claims made by Sheriff Baca, marijuana dispensaries are “hijacked by underground drug-dealing criminals” and that “it is no surprise that people are going to get killed … drugs and violence go together.” Sheriff Baca also claimed that as many as 97 percent of dispensaries operate as criminal enterprises, and that many buy their marijuana from Mexican drug cartels.

However, Los Angeles Police Chief, Charles Beck, has called bullshit on his claims. Beck said,  “I have tried to verify that because that, of course, is the mantra, it doesn’t really bear out.”

The DEA also said that they could not substantiate Baca’s allegations.
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