Pot regs vote in SF de­layed amid out­cry

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FROM THE COVER - By Janie Har The Associated Press

SAN FRAN­CISCO — San Fran­cisco su­per­vi­sors de­layed vot­ing Tues­day on pro­posed pot reg­u­la­tions, mak­ing it more un­likely that peo­ple in this weed-friendly city will be able to buy recre­ational pot when adult use be­comes le­gal Jan. 1 in Cal­i­for­nia.

Su­per­vi­sors have had a hard time fash­ion­ing lo­cal rules for pot shops as older mem­bers of the Chi­nese im­mi­grant com­mu­nity have come out against plac­ing re­tail stores too close to schools, day­care cen­ters and any­where else that chil­dren might gather.

Tues­day’s board meet­ing in San Fran­cisco was emo­tional, with some su­per­vi­sors ar­gu­ing to get tem­po­rary rules on the books for the first day of le­gal sales, while oth­ers urged the board to take more time to make the reg­u­la­tions right.

Recre­ational pot might be avail­able in San Fran­cisco in the first week of Jan­uary if of­fi­cials meet a tight time­line re­quir­ing the mayor’s quick ap­proval. It could also be ready Jan. 1 if su­per­vi­sors meet in spe­cial ses­sion.

Jeff Sheehy, a San Fran­cisco su­per­vi­sor who uses med­i­cal mar­i­juana to mit­i­gate pain from older HIV med­i­ca­tions, pleaded with the board to adopt the tem­po­rary mea­sure.

“Tak­ing the time to get the piece right makes a lot of sense, but not hav­ing some­thing avail­able on

Jan. 1, I think that makes us look bad,” he said.

He and other cannabis ad­vo­cates pre­fer a 600-foot buf­fer zone be­tween pot shops and schools.

But some Chi­nese-amer­i­can or­ga­ni­za­tions want fu­ture re­tail stores to be at least 1,500 feet away from schools, child care cen­ters and any other places where mi­nors gather.

Sev­eral su­per­vi­sors ex­pressed outrage at the way cannabis ad­vo­cates have char­ac­ter­ized Chi­nese op­po­nents, call­ing the comments racist and in­tol­er­ant.

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