Former San Francisco prosecutor George Gascon and former defense attorney Rachel Rossi voiced their support for drug decriminalization in last week’s first debate among candidates for Los Angeles District Attorney.
- Gascon helped author the 2014 statewide initiative that reduced penalties for low-level drug offenses. In the accompanying video, Gascon — who was part of a research group who traveled to decriminalization Mecca Portugal this spring — said the U.S. goal should be that of Portugal, but that “we have a long way to go.”
- Rossi expressed her support as well adding that some prosecutors are circumventing Prop. 47, the reduced penalties initiative, by overcharging possession as an intent to distribute.