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San Francisco is one of my favourite cities in the world! Not that I get to pass that way very often, but the few times that I have been there I enjoyed myself very much: the people are great, the food is abundant and varied, the beer is cold and the atmosphere is relaxed and carefree.
I often visit ‘the snitch’ for finding out what is happening in San Francisco. Two articles from this week caught my eye….one about the Police actually returning pot to someone who was arrested for growing it, and other about banning public sex between animals (!)
SFPD Returns Seven Pounds of Marijuana to Grower!
Should you run afoul of the law, your property may be seized as evidence. If you are acquitted or your charges dismissed, your property is returned.
This principle is simple but it doesn’t always apply to pot growers. But it does for Cody Phillips, whose cultivation for sale charges were dismissed in August. In a June raid on his west side home, San Francisco police seized grow lights, cash and seven pounds of marijuana — and last week, in what is probably the largest-ever cop-to-grower marijuana transaction, SFPD gave it all back. And in pristine condition, Phillips’s attorney said Wednesday.
The grow equipment had been returned earlier, according to attorney Derek St. Pierre, but figuring out exactly how to return the medical cannabis was a little trickier (no protocol for returning such a large amount of pot exists).
Seized prescription medication is usually processed through SF General Hospital, but SF General wanted no part of such a large quantity of cannabis, St. Pierre said (a pound is typically worth $1800-$2500 at wholesale, so do the math).
So a deal had to be arranged. Phillips and St. Pierre met with uniformed officers in an undisclosed parking lot, where a trunk-to-trunk swap was effected, from an unmarked police cruiser to Phillips’s SUV, St. Pierre said.
A few passers-by did double-takes at the situation, but St. Pierre had nothing but praise for the way SFPD conducted the operation. “I thought the police were extremely professional in the way they handled themselves,” he told SF Weekly. “Everything was done in a respectful and courteous manner.”
No one knows for certain — SFPD doesn’t keep these kinds of records, according to police spokeswoman Lt. Lyn Tomioka — but this may be the largest amount of marijuana returned by police in San Francisco. “Usually with quantities like this, people don’t ask for it back,” St. Pierre said. “They just accept the loss and move on.”
That a tale of a marijuana bust would conclude with a happy ending — happy for the marijuana, anyway — may not be typical, but the law is the law, observed Tomioka.
“It’s not something we do every day, but we work closely with the DA’s office, and in this case, they determined return of the property was the right thing to do,” she said. “We’re not antagonistic.”
NO MORE DOGGY SEX IN PUBLIC PLACES!!
In San Francisco’s Public Sex Mecca, Dogs Left Out of the Action
By Matt Smith, Fri., Oct. 22 2010 @ 6:59AM
A person wishing to have public sex in San Francisco can find significant swaths of the city all but reserved for this activity. Buena Vista Park; the trees between South Fork Drive and JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park; the woods where El Camino del Mar becomes Lands End Trail; the beaches West of Lincoln Boulevard in the Presidio — all of these are occupied, at one time of another, by strangers milling around hoping to hook up, often en plein air. Human fans of public sex also find a once-yearly outlet at the Folsom Street Fair.
San Francisco , liberated sex capital of North America, except if you are a dog!
But if you’re not human there’s no place in this city to have sex on public property. Public animal sex is, for the most part, illegal in San Francisco. If that animal happens to be a pit bull, owners may face multiple fines if their animal so much as possesses equipment sufficient for sex.
According to the San Francisco Health Code, “It shall be unlawful for the owner or guardian of any animal to permit said animal to breed on public property”
In January, 2005 I made a public plea to repeal this blue law that made it illegal for dogs to have sex on San Francisco property.
But when it comes to the yen to socialize, to form romantic relationships, and to love — to satisfy life’s most basic desires — dogs suffer a level of discrimination worse than any human not residing in a penal colony..
Nobody listened. Instead, tragedy struck and the no-public-dog-sex situation got even worse. That June, 12-year-old Nicholas Faibish was killed when he came in contact with two pit bulls, a male and a female in heat.
“The mayor put a dog task force together, and we were studying incidents where people were severely mauled and killed,” said Animal Control director Rebecca Katz. “It turned out, it often involved dogs that weren’t neutered and were in a breeding frenzy, like in the Faibish case.”
News reports suggest the mandatory neutering has brought a semblance of peace, with fewer such animals ending up at the city pound.
Katz’ predecessor, Carl Friedman, told me in 2005 that he couldn’t recall an incident since he started in the 1970s when animal control officers had cited anyone under the city’s code section banning public animal sex. However, Katz said the city routinely enforces the anti-pit bull breeding law.
In July three people were attacked in Golden Gate Park by a pit bull that SFPD animal specialist Officer John Denny said was part of a “breeding couple.” The dogs were seized and killed, reports said.
More commonly, police officers will respond to a call not related to animals, see a pit bull, and check to see if it has gonads.
If it’s female, “They’ll ask if the dog is altered,” Katz said. If not, “they seize the dog.”
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