Robert Blitzer, 66, and his husband, Xenry, 63, were sitting in the Castro Plaza on March 11, doing what every honorable, Goddess-fearing San Franciscan should be doing on a warm weekend day of leisure: smoking weed. That is, until the fuzz killed the party. According to the BAR, "San Francisco Police Officer Matt Loya asked them if what they were smoking was tobacco, and Blitzer responded that it was marijuana. He said that Loya checked their medical marijuana ID cards and their drivers' licenses and spent half an hour with them."
"People around us were horrified," Blitzer explained to the BAR. "They couldn't believe a senior citizen couple was being harassed for smoking medical marijuana."
Blitzer and Xenry, who have been together for a jaw-dropping 42 years, use medicinal marijuana because the former suffers from severe glaucoma and sight loss, and the latter "has had an abdominal bypass and is frequently in pain." But that didn't stop the SFPD from citing them for smoking in a public area. Why? Because, as approved by the Board of Supervisors and Mayor Ed Lee in 2011, smoking (marijuana or tobacco) in public spaces is verboten.
Look, citing anyone in San Francisco, much less in the Castro, for getting high on medicinal herb is downright horrifying. It's not right. It's not OK. Illegal or not. And chiding our beloved queer senior citizens — who've been keeping it real, mighty real, in the Castro since the halcyon days of the '70s — is a moral abomination. Weed is their life force, their gasoline. Old gays love pot, and that's the way it should be. Even District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener thinks the citation was bogus, saying: "The police in San Francisco should follow our city's policy of making marijuana enforcement the lowest priority ... I don't think we should be prosecuting people for personal consumption of marijuana ... absent extraordinary circumstances."
The citation that the couple each received says that they could be punished by "a fine of not more than ... $100."