San Francisco Tries to Put Cannabis Laws 'Back on Track' Ahead of Legalization

The debate will resume Nov. 13 as negotiations continue.

November 7, 2017
San Francisco Examiner

Despite a five-hour hearing Monday in which members of the Board of Supervisors acknowledged a stricter regulation patchwork proposed last week moved San Francisco in the wrong direction, The City’s future marijuana laws remain hazy.

While some progress was made, the toughest planning decisions remain unresolved such as how far from schools The City should allow cannabis outlets—600 feet or 1,000 feet—and whether the distance requirement should also apply to child care centers.

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The debate will resume Nov. 13 as negotiations continue, following Monday’s hearing before the board’s Land Use and Transportation Committee.

There appears to be at least some agreement about allowing current medical cannabis dispensaries to apply for a temporary permit with the Office of Cannabis to begin selling recreational use cannabis on Jan 1, under an amendment proposed by Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.

The temporary permits could be appealed to the Board of Appeals. There are about 46 MCDs, with 16 delivery services, and seven in the approval process.

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