Mayor's Office Says Medical Marijuana Is a "Nuisance" Akin to Liquor Stores, Strip Clubs

Categories: Marijuana
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Same classification as a pot club
It took some doing, but Mayor Ed Lee at last gave medical marijuana the lip service it had been seeking for months with a statement where Lee dubbed state-legal medical cannabis "legitimate," and expressed "concern" over more city-licensed dispensaries risking federal closure from the United States Justice Department.

This came after Lee's office referred to medical marijuana dispensaries as "'nuisance' retail" in a document released last year by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, which is being used by the Planning Department as reason to deny a permit to a pot club proposed for a vacant building in an alley off of Sixth Street.

The good news is that licensed pot clubs are only a nuisance near Market Street between Fifth and 10th streets, per the Central Market Economic Strategy, which was released in November after 10 months of production. The bad news is that pot clubs, which provide the medicine "oncology patients, HIV/AIDS patients, and people with debilitating pain rely on ... to treat their conditions," are in the same category as "liquor stores, adult uses," and "pawn shops" (most of which are zoned and regulated far less heavily than cannabis dispensaries).

With the "soft launch" of a new dispensary near Bernal Heights last month, there are currently 22 city-licensed dispensaries operating in San Francisco, down from 26 last year and somewhere in the 40s in 2005, before the city passed its Medical Cannabis Act regulatory scheme.

More have received permits but have not opened. It took Herbal Mission nearly a year after it won its permit to open its doors; another dispensary that received zoning and Department of Public Health approval in April 2011 to operate on the 900 block of Mission Street is not yet open.

The applicant for the pot club at 471 Jessie St. is Troy Kashanipour, according to records. Kashanipour, who Google reveals as a Dogpatch-based architect, is represented by attorney Daniel Bornstein, who's done work for other medical marijuana clients like Medithrive, one of the five medical marijuana dispensaries shut down since November by United States Attorney Melinda Haag.

Pot clubs are often unpopular with neighbors, and this one is no exception: Several nearby residents as well as Daniel Hurtado, the executive director of the local Community Benefit District, wrote letters asking Planning to deny the permit, citing other pot clubs within a mile radius -- there are several -- and a need for "other storefront uses that are positive, community-serving businesses."

Of course, some say that by occupying vacant space and creating jobs, dispensaries serve a community. But in any case, Planning needs a legal reason to deny a permit, such as proximity to schools or playgrounds. In this case, calling it a nuisance suffices, because in the Central Market Economic Strategy "MCDs were identified as a nuisance uses [sic] that do not contribute positively to the safety, quality of life, or desirability of the Central Market area," planner Elizabeth Watty wrote in her report.

The sole basis for declaring pot clubs a nuisance is one line on page 35 of the 52 pages of graphs, photos, and charts in the report, in section D under the heading "Objective 6) Improve Safety." There's a vague reference to a need to reduce crime, but no statistics or definition of a "nuisance" is given, and the notion that pot clubs equal crime has been exploded time and again.

It's unclear how the "nuisance" reference was insert, and on what basis. For now, nobody at City Hall appears willing to own up to calling pot clubs nuisances or comparing them to strip clubs.

When reached late Wednesday, mayoral spokeswoman Christine Falvey directed us to the Department of Public Health. DPH bristled at the notion that it would call something it licenses a "nuisance." "We would not use that kind of judgmental language," said DPH spokeswoman Eileen Shields, who directed SF Weekly back to the Mayor's Office.

At the risk of being a nuisance ourselves, we e-mailed Falvey again, but she did not respond.

It's true that the Economic Strategy plan is not city law. But it's meant to be taken seriously. "Please take time to carefully review the action plan presented here, which lays out a vision for the revitalization of the district," Lee writes in the plan's introduction, which if followed, promises to be quite a nuisance itself.

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Get Medical Records
Get Medical Records

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Chicken Chuck Zito
Chicken Chuck Zito

Mike yevtuck goes to Thailand to beat up USA hells angels that think they can get away with molesting and murdering women and children the way USA hells angels traditional do in the USA for many decades. Mike Yevtuck is the Thailander and God of the USA hells angels . Mike yevtuck punishes USa hells angels because USA hells angels are famous for harming raping molesting and murdering women and children for many Decades.

Kava
Kava

Marijuana for medical purposes only.

sfsoma
sfsoma

I live in SOMA for 18 years.  The pot clubs don't cause the problems.  They open businesses that fill empty storefronts, generate street traffic of people with enough money to buy pot, which is very expensive by the way.  The worst nuisance are the dance clubs.  They really attract the troublemakers from outside the city.  But can't fight a special interest group like the Entertainment Industry/Commission when they buy the politicians.

mattymatt
mattymatt

Ergh, how did this "nuisance" language ever happen? It's a place that helps sick people, for crying out loud! You might as well call Walgreens a nuisance. Actually, Walgreens is probably worse, since they carry cigarettes.

Federale
Federale

Really, how many customers of pot stores are "oncology patients, HIV/AIDS patients, and people with debilitating pain rely on ... to treat their conditions?"  Not many I expect. 

Arturo2245
Arturo2245

Jason Grant Garza here ... ha, ha, ha ... would this be the Eileen Shields ( The Public Information Officer - PIO) for the DPH that in SUNSHINE case # 10038 was sent to ETHICS over an IDR for denial of MEDICAL CARE and MEDICAL RECORDS ?  She goes on to state in the article above: "We would not use that kind of judgmental language," said DPH spokeswoman Eileen Shields, who directed SF Weekly back to the Mayor's Office." I would HAVE to DISPUTE, REFUTE and POINT OUT that judgmental, "poisoning the well, character attack, and SPINNING is EXACTLY what they do. In my cases # 10038 and # 11081 ... Ms. Shields told the SUNSHINE TASK FORCE that I was harassing, etc in following up on my health care and receiveing my OWN MEDICAL RECORDS which to date I still have not received. You could also call Barbara Garcia at DPH (554-2525) and ask about their false character attacks ... or maybe ask why SHE was found in SUNSHINE violation in case # 11099?

   Judgmental, SPINNING TRUTH and REALITY, Misspeak, or even INCOMPETENCE are not new at DPH ... type my name into a google search engine and read how SF broke FEDERAL LAW, had my case dismissed from FEDERAL COURT (C02-3485PJH) by TESTILYING only to years later sign a confession (settlement agreement) with the Office of Inspector General admitting fault and guilt and paying the government a small fine and THEN leaving its INNOCENT VINDICATED VICTIM for DEAD. Any questions ?????

   As a matter of fact, I still can not get the CORRECT and PROPER information as to who "ACCREDITS" the patient/healthcare services part during DPH's current reaccreditationand that is why I SUNSHINED this information in case # 11099 and so far BARBARA GARCIA has been found in violation (Sunshine Hearing 4/4/2012). Do you remember the DNA CRIME LAB ACCREDITATION FIASCO ( I believe it was reported here at SFWEEKLY ... Aug 2011)  ...yes, the SPIN is on and NATURALLY Ms. Shields will say whatever ...

   So don't judge by words .... judge by DEEDS ... call SUNSHINE 554-7724.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

You are not alone ... there are many stories of people being jacked around by our "leaders" and it appears to be an epidemic among elected and appointed officials, doing what they want, and making sure the rules are written so they can get away with it. 

LauraZZZ
LauraZZZ

The idea of waging a war on drugs, against a relatively benign plant like marijuana, is one thing. But when it ravages so viciously that completely innocent people are destroyed, to hide corruption amongst government officials, it becomes a plague.

What am I talking about?

This film:http://www.expendable.tv

So deep is the corruption, that the Australian media won't report it... won't report cables which prove criminal acts by their own ministers in office (see them for yourelf, in the reports). 

Granted, the media there has a closed remit and non-plural ownership, but this speaks for itself. A wall of absolute silence.

The victim is now seriously ill, whilst they basically point the other way. Whilst they smear her deceased father because dead men can't sue. Whilst they cover the truth, and lead a gullible Australian public by the nose.

This must be the clearest example in the world of a 'war' taking a life of its own, with innocent human beings who fall under the wheel, being disregarded by the powerful self-interest forces of government. It sickens me. 

esotericknowledge
esotericknowledge

In My Opinion: Our problem is the criminal organization that calls itself the United States Justice Department that doesn't want to obey the laws of the land.

Sciencefreak
Sciencefreak

Wake up, marijuana use is health-positive behavior! It reduces incidences of cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Read about it in the book "Marijuana Gateway to Health."    

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

I don't see why anyone would have a problem with either.  Nobody is forcing you to go, and they barely even advertise (SF Weekly's back pages notwithstanding.)  If you don't like it, shut the fuck up and let others enjoy themselves.

Elizabethfrantes
Elizabethfrantes

Does anyone know how to say, F*** YOU, CHIN* ASS*OLE in Cantonese?  Or BANANA SELL OUT M-F in Mandarin?  But to be sure, so many of the shady dispensaries do have ads that look like escort services.  And don't forget that there is a strong tie in with organized prostitution and the clubs.  Robin Fewe was running hookers out of a club some years back.  So, how's about STOPPING ALL THE TAXES .. . and how about PASSING A LAW BANNING ANYONE FROM ASSUMING ANY OFFICE UNLESS ELECTED ... and ban anyone in office from running for any other office until they have completeed their term.  And don't forget it was all the taxes and "fees" the City ripped off from the clubs that made sure most of them had to shut down, and only those with $ from shady sources could compete.  That was intentional. 

Sherri
Sherri

Mayor Ed Lee needs to smoke much more, drink/chemically medicate much less, and eliminate his extreme levels of confusion. The girls are smokin' hot though :)

Besides, if there can be a Walgreens or CVS right next to a liquor store in most cities around the country and no one minds-what is the real issue here?

Stonerlette87
Stonerlette87

Why did you have to use a pic of that whore laying down? I'm glad no one recognizes her lol

Joel Castle
Joel Castle

this is rediculous, with interpretation like this from our officials how can we ever weparate from the tainted propagandized minds of our officials?

Swtns269
Swtns269

Ok can you explain to me how it came about that marijuana was anything like attending stripjoints getting drunk and being disorderly.... I have never even heard of someone getting so high it caused them to get naked OR becoming belligerent enough to start a brawl...c'mon people.

Herb Budman
Herb Budman

ed lee is a proven liar...he promised if he was given the interim mayors position he would NOT run to seek a full term!!! so what does the scumbag do? he runs for mayor!!! ... and there have been many many accusations that there was a huge amount of voter fraud in the chinese community. ed lee and his lies are what are a nuisance to SF!!!

Gopal Rao
Gopal Rao

My instincts are that the dispensaries south of Market were attracting clientele from around the city, if not the Bay Area as a whole.  This influx of people, many of whom had no other motivation to be there, benefited other businesses in the area.

As for a definition of what constitutes "benefited"...no comment.  

politiciansuck
politiciansuck

Anyone who has spent time in the tenderloin before the divinity tree closed knows the nuisance label is crap.  They made their block better, had full time security that kept an eye out on more than just the inside of the club and they DID NOT allow the sale of other "drugs" anywhere near their store front.  You couldn't even smoke a joint outside...which is something you can get away with on any other block in the neighborhood.  This is just another way to keep the undesirable population away from tourist/up and coming areas.

disgruntled
disgruntled

so very true. I was living in the area during the time they closed it down, and I watched that block go back to shit afterwards

J_dodson
J_dodson

 i know right? i clicked on the pic because of the naughty chix hoping there would be a bigger picture. lol. got my attention.

north american
north american

Those girls in that picture are very naughty.

Drillbit
Drillbit

 If they are naughty why isnt their long hard male cocks jammed in all of their holes mouths assholes and orifices? naughty women fuck men and I dont see a man in the picture.

HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO
HELLS ANGELS MC FRISCO

 Those are all old lady's of local Frisco Hells Angels Members. if you were a Hells Angels you could fuck sluts like this till your old and dead or till you wore out your cock. sluts like this flock to the HAs.

Good for nothing
Good for nothing

 Looking naughty and actually being naughty in bed are two different things pal. they are pretending to be naughty like most cunts under 35 yrs old act now days but most are not really naughty at all they are impostors and poser naughty. hippie and outlaw biker  chicks back  in the 1960s and 70s were really naughty sexually back then compared todays liteweights and wanna be porn star divas. you young punks of today  missed the sexual love boat by about 40 years.

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