Thursday, Sept. 15th: Planning Commission to Discuss Cannabis Dispensary Ordinance

Thursday, Sept. 15th: San Francisco Planning Commission to Discuss Dispensary Ordinance

This is the first time the dispensary ordinances will be heard in front of the Planning Commission. Please come to show your support and argue against the following zoning provisions:

1. Dispensaries must be located 500 ft away from schools, community centers and drug treatment facilities.

2. If dispensaries are to allow on-site consumption, they must be located 1000 ft away from schools, community centers and drug treatment facilities.

3. Dispensaries must be located 1000 ft away from each other.

To read ASA's full position paper on San Francisco dispensary ordinances, click here:
http://www.safeaccessnow.org/downloads/ASA%20SF%20Position.doc

Remember to be polite and assume best intentions. We do not yet know what the Planning Commission thinks about these issues, and we need to persuade the commissioners, not anger them.

Look for Caren from ASA - she will be passing out talking points.

The meeting begins at 1:30, but our items likely won't be heard until 2:30 or 3:00 pm.

Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Here's what's on the agenda...

19. 2005.0664ET (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6097)

Medical Cannabis Dispensary regulations introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi under Board File No. 051250 - Consideration of an Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Sections 209.3, 217, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, and 818, and by adding Sections 790.141, and 890.131, to: define medical cannabis dispensaries; prohibit dispensaries in residential-house and residential-mixed zoning districts; permit dispensaries elsewhere subject to restrictions based on a dispensary's proximity to schools, community centers and institutions for the treatment of addictive diseases; require adequate ventilation in dispensaries; prohibit the sale or distribution of alcohol at dispensaries; require Planning Department notice to interested individuals and properties within 300 feet of proposed dispensaries; require dispensaries operating before April 1, 2005 to obtain a permit within 18 months of the effective date of this legislation or cease operation; require a notice that permits for dispensaries are not intended to and do not authorize the violation of State or Federal law; and make environmental findings and findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan; amending the San Francisco Health Code by adding Sections 3200 through 3220, to: set medical marijuana possession guidelines; require a permit, business license, and business registration certificate for a medical cannabis dispensary; set out the application process for a medical cannabis permit; set out operating requirements for medical cannabis dispensaries; and set out the administrative process for imposing penalties and/or permit suspension or revocation for violations; amending the San Francisco Traffic Code by amending Sections 53 and 132, to create an infraction for double parking in front of a medical cannabis dispensary and set the fine at $100; and, amending the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code by amending Section 1, and by adding Sections 1.177 and 249.17, to authorize the Department of Health to issue medical cannabis dispensary permits and to set out the license fees for medical cannabis dispensaries.

20. 2005.0665ET: (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6097)

Medical Cannabis Dispensary regulations introduced by Supervisor Sandoval under Board File No. 051260 - Consideration of an Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Sections 209.3, 217, 303, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, and 818, and by adding Sections 790.141, and 890.131, residential-house and residential-mixed zoning districts; permit dispensaries as conditional uses elsewhere subject to the restriction that no dispensary may be located within 1000 feet of another dispensary; provide additional conditional use criteria for evaluating proposed dispensaries relating to the proposed dispensary's proximity to schools, playgrounds, neighborhood centers, drug treatment centers, child care centers, and other medical cannabis dispensaries; allow medical cannabis dispensaries in operation prior to April 1, 2005 twelve months from the effective date of this legislation to obtain a conditional use permit or otherwise discontinue operation; prohibit dispensaries from applying for conditional use permits while they are under a notice of violation from the Planning Department or the subject of legal action by the City; require a notice on all dispensary permits that the permits are not intended to and do not authorize the violation of State or Federal law; and making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

21. 2005.0772ET (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6097)

Medical Cannabis Dispensary regulations introduced by Supervisor Elsbernd under Board File No. 051455- Consideration of an Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Sections 209.3, 217, 710, 711, 712, 713, 714, 715, 716, 717, 718, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 725, 726, 727, 728, 729, 730, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 815, 816, 817, and 818, and by adding Sections 790.141, and 890.131, to: define medical cannabis dispensaries; prohibit dispensaries in residential-house and residential-mixed zoning districts; permit dispensaries elsewhere subject to restrictions based on a dispensary's proximity to other dispensaries, schools, community centers and institutions for the treatment of addictive diseases; require adequate ventilation in dispensaries; prohibit the sale or distribution of alcohol at dispensaries; require Planning Department notice to interested individuals and properties within 300 feet of proposed dispensaries; require dispensaries operating before April 1, 2005 to obtain a permit within 18 months of the effective date of this legislation or cease operation; require a notice that permits for dispensaries are not intended to and do not authorize the violation of State or Federal law; and make environmental findings and findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan; amending the San Francisco Health Code by adding Sections 3200 through 3220, to: set medical marijuana possession guidelines; require a permit, business license, and business registration certificate for a medical cannabis dispensary; set out the application process for a medical cannabis permit; limit the time period for submitting applications for medical cannabis dispensary permits; require an annual report from the Director of Public Health to the Board of Supervisors; set out operating requirements for medical cannabis dispensaries; and set out the administrative process for imposing penalties and/or permit suspension or revocation for violations; amending the San Francisco Traffic Code by amending Sections 53 and 132, to create an infraction for double parking in front of a medical cannabis dispensary and set the fine at $100; and, amending the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code by amending Section 1, and by adding Sections 1.177 and 249.17, to authorize the Department of Health to issue medical cannabis dispensary permits and to set out the license fees for medical cannabis dispensaries.