San Francisco Approves Recreational Pot Sales

Mark your calendars. Non-medical, adult-use marijuana sales have finally been approved in the City of San Francisco and are expected to begin as early as January 5.

Following weeks of emotional and detailed debate over where to allow new stores, San Francisco supervisors approved regulations for the sale of recreational marijuana when it becomes legal in California in January.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday for a 600-foot (180-meter) buffer zone between stores and schools, although vocal members of the city's Chinese immigrant community had lobbied for a much larger barrier.

The board also rejected provisions that would have allowed neighborhoods to limit the number of pot shops or ban them outright. Pot advocates considered those provisions unfriendly.

Supervisor Asha Safai cast the only no vote Tuesday. He said the city needed more time.

Equity laws, which are meant to ensure adequate opportunities for minority-owned cannabis businesses, continued to be a major sticking point for supervisors and largely account for the delay.

To that end, the supervisors approved a 1-to-1 ratio of grandfathered-in current dispensaries with dispensaries owned by people meeting the equity criteria. The regulations also require that 30 percent of dispensaries’ new hires meet that equity criteria.

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