Cannabis is coming to the Sunset District after the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted in favor of plans to open the first medical cannabis dispensary in the mostly residential neighborhood.
Barbary Coast Collective will be the first dispensary to sell weed in the neighborhood from a shop on Irving Street and 22nd Avenue.
The dispensary owners, including David Ho, a political power player in Chinatown, beat out fierce opposition from predominantly Chinese neighbors concerned about marijuana causing crime and harming children in the Sunset.
The Board of Supervisors voted 10-1 to reject an appeal of the dispensary plans, with Supervisor Katy Tang dissenting despite her personal support for the dispensary owners. Tang, who represents the Sunset District, said she had to vote in line with the vast majority of her constituents who oppose the dispensary.
“The Sunset will not be moving forward in the future without a dispensary,” Tang said before the vote. “If we’re going to have a dispensary in the Sunset District, I want it to be run by good operators. I do believe that is the case here.”
The vote happened on the same day the Board of Supervisors approved retail cannabis regulations for San Francisco, which are expected to kick into effect a month after Mayor Ed Lee signs the legislation into law Wednesday.
This was the second time in recent months that the Board of Supervisors had to decide on a medical cannabis dispensary in the Sunset District. On Oct. 3, neighbors swayed the Board to reject plans from former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan to open a dispensary on Noriega Street.
The appellants in the case of Barbary Coast argued the dispensary plans raised safety, traffic and odor concerns for the neighborhood.
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