SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Wednesday signed legislation creating regulations and permit requirements for commercial cannabis retail, distribution and production, paving the way for recreational sales to begin in January.
The legislation, which received final approval by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, will allow the city's 45 existing marijuana dispensaries and delivery services to move ahead with retail sales in early January.
Californians voted to approve adult use of marijuana in November 2016 via Proposition 64, and its use and sale is set to become legal statewide on Jan. 1. However, individual cities and counties are allowed to establish their own permitting requirements and regulations for businesses hoping to set up shop for retail sales, as well as growing or processing operations.
While 74 percent of San Francisco voters supported Prop 64, the debate over local regulations was colored by outspoken protests from marijuana opponents.
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