San Francisco Considers Easing Pot Club Rules

July 30, 2006

Barbara Taylor, KCBS (San Francisco)

There's a controversy brewing over a move last year by San Francisco to regulate medical marijuana clubs.

Essentially the new law requires medical pot clubs to get a permit but only after going through a rigorous review. But Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi wants changes. Among the things the supervisors wants dropped are mandatory criminal background checks on all employees at the clubs.

The concern is that the clubs can be used as fronts for illegal drug dealing according to Supervisor Sean Elsbernd. "On Ocean Avenue they were also a front for dealing arms," he recalled.

"This was an 84-page law. The first of its kind in San Francisco history in fact the United States," for its complexity said Mirkarimi.

Listen to Barbara Taylor's complete report.

The issue comes before the Board of Supervisors Thursday.

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