San Francisco to amend cannabis ordinance

August 08, 2006

Charlie Goodyear, San Francisco Chronicle

At Tuesday's board meeting, San Francisco Supervisors approved changes in regulations enacted in December for San Francisco medical marijuana dispensaries. The changes will allow two pot clubs operating in residential neighborhoods to remain open for at least one more year while they apply for permits and look to move to more suitable locations.

At a hearing on the amended legislation last week, some residents complained that the city was failing to enforce a current law requiring the clubs to be shut down.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who wrote the original measure, said Tuesday that changes to the complicated regulations were expected. Of the 30 to 40 clubs in business now, many could be forced to close by next year if they do not complete a strict permitting process overseen by the Planning, Police and Health departments.

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