Reed to appeal pot club decision
Bay City News Service
July 15, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The attorney representing a man
who had hoped to open a medical marijuana dispensary near San
Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf said yesterday that Kevin Reed will
appeal the San Francisco Planning Commission's decision
to turn down his application for a pot club permit.
Reed had hoped to open a cannabis dispensary at 2701 Leavenworth
St., a stone's throw away from the popular tourist destination
Up until March, Reed operated a dispensary called The Green Cross
on Fair Oaks Street in the Mission District, Joe Elford said.
Pot clubs began to appear in San Francisco after California voters
passed Proposition 215 in 1996, allowing patients with permission
from a doctor to purchase medical marijuana.
There are around 24 pot clubs operating in the city at present,
In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors amended and
unanimously passed the city's first set of medical marijuana regulations,
allowing dozens of clubs in the city to remain open, albeit under
Elford said he didn't hear an overwhelming amount of concern
Thursday evening from community residents near the proposed Leavenworth
Street site about pot club clientele or about drugs being bought
and then re-sold on the street.
Rather, the opposition centered on a "technical argument,"
that the dispensary shouldn't be allowed to open within 1,000
feet of any recreation area open to the public.
Opponents pointed to a rowing club and a senior center within
1,000 feet of 2701 Leavenworth St. in support of their argument,
"If those are the criteria, then there's nowhere in the
city a dispensary can open," he said.
The Planning Commission "is going to have to make some very
difficult calls in the future," he said.
The Green Cross has a significant following because it can provide
quality services to its patients, Elford said. The Mission District
dispensary served as many as 200 to 300 customers at its peak,
before the stricter rules were introduced, while a typical day
saw around 50 customers, he said.
Reed's appeal process to the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals
will last around two months, Elford said. Reed has 15 days from
the date his application is formally rejected to file an appeal.
A hearing is then scheduled within 45 days of the appeal date.
If the appeal to open a cannabis club at the Leavenworth Street
site doesn't pan out, Reed is likely to look for another line
of work, Elford said.
"There are absolutely no plans to look elsewhere,"
for an alternate to the Leavenworth Street site, he said.
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