San Francisco’s decision whether to stunt the growth of the cannabis industry by enacting an interim moratorium comes to a head today.
The Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee is scheduled to vote this afternoon on Supervisor Malia Cohen’s legislation to enact a 45-day moratorium on the issuance of permits for medical cannabis dispensaries (MCDs). The length of the moratorium could be extended with subsequent board votes for up to two years.
The proposed moratorium comes as voter-approved legalized recreational marijuana will go into effect Jan. 1 and as The City is crafting regulations for recreational use. Those regulations are expected to create a process for medical cannabis dispensaries to also sell recreational marijuana.
The committee is scheduled to vote to send it to the full board for a vote the next day, on Tuesday, where it would take at least nine votes of the 11-member board to approve.