A medical marijuana patient in San Francisco claims Alameda Count sherriffs threatened to kill his dog if he didn’t consent to a search of his home.


Jason Rivera, a paraplegic who suffers severe chronic pain, told Russ Belville of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) that he was detained by sheriffs who presented a search warrant at his recording studio.

While searching the studio, a deputy asked him about searching his residence.

”We can do this the easy way and you can take us to your house to look around,” Rivera claims the deputy said, “or we can detain you for six hours while we get a warrant and go to your house and shoot your dog.”

Belville was unable to get more information about the incident from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.

No charges have been filed against Rivera.