San Francisco OK's recreational cannabis effective Jan. 5

Sal Alioto, a member of Holy Name of Jesus Parish and retired owner of Sal’s Pizza, was among the neighbors rallying against a cannabis dispensary approved for Irving Street at 23rd Avenue in San Francisco. Most of the neighborhood businesses shut down for an hour Dec. 1 to protest the Barbary Coast cannabis dispensary, approved by the city Planning Commission. The neighborhood appeal was scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors Dec. 5. (Photo by Valerie Schmalz/Catholic San Francisco) December 7, 2017
Valerie Schmalz
Catholic San Francisco

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to enact land use regulations that will allow recreational marijuana stores throughout the city – with reduced 600-foot buffer zones for schools and no protection for day care centers, preschools or after school programs.

The legislation was set to return to the board for a final vote on Dec. 5. That law will open up to cannabis dispensaries portions of the city that were previously restricted.

Excelsior District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai was the lone no vote.

Under the ordinance approved in San Francisco Nov. 28, all of the 46 existing medical marijuana dispensaries – 30 storefront and 16 delivery services – will be allowed to convert to recreational cannabis dispensaries after complying with some regulations including a temporary permit. So will any medical marijuana dispensaries whose applications are still in the pipeline. That may include a contentious one on Irving Street at 23rd Avenue that was approved by the Planning Commission but is being appealed to the Board of Supervisors Dec. 5. St. Anne of the Sunset pastor Father Dan Nascimento, school principal Tom White and the head of the parent association Bev Perea are working with other neighborhood activists to oppose the dispensary at 2161-2165 Irving.

The next 46 dispensaries would have to

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