San Francisco Supervisors stir cannabis dispensary laws
Supervisors voted 9-1 to approve Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's amendments
to his sponsored medical dispensary legislation governing medical
marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco.
By Emmett Berg, Bay City News Service
August 9, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Cannabis clubs can stay open and
receive provisional permits for dispensing marijuana in the city
before investing in facility modifications to suit building and
safety codes, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted yesterday.
Several supervisors expressed concern that a dispensary could
invest thousands of dollars to meet city codes without any assurance
of receiving a permit to operate.
Yesterday's 9-1 decision, with Supervisor Sean Elsbernd dissenting,
still requires existing cannabis clubs located here to pass inspections
from the Department of Public Health and the Police Department.
Approvals from those agencies would result in a certificate of
completion necessary to receive a regular permit.
Approval of a provisional permit, which follows a public hearing,
would not predetermine award of a regular permit, a city official
promised the board.
"I know from personal experience that the Building Department
has no trouble saying no" if onsite conditions don't meet
codes, said Deputy City Attorney Rick Sheinfield.
Deputy City Attorney Rick Sheinfield
Yesterday's board action, proposed by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi,
also amends local law so to require a wider radius of residents
be given official notice when a cannabis club has been permitted.
Residents within 300 feet of a proposed dispensary are now to
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