California voters legalized recreational marijuana use last year, San Francisco is assembling a task force to propose regulations for the industry, addressing everything from drug potency to where pot businesses can locate.

Cancer survivors, those living with HIV, business owners and medical marijuana dispensary operators were among the 48 applicants vying for 14 seats on the newly created Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. The body will advise the Board of Supervisors on regulating the marijuana industry.

The board’s Rules Committee selected 11 people to serve on the task force, postponing a decision on who should serve on three other seats to a another day. The full board is expected to approve the task force members next week, and the task force is expected to hold its first meeting in January.

Members of the Board of Supervisors already face a litany of complaints from residents when marijuana dispensaries look to open under existing San Francisco city law. Current rules restrict pot businesses to only a small portion of The City, known as the “green zone,” which results in clustering.

There are 28 dispensaries in operation today.

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who created the task force, said it was important to create “smart local regulation” ahead of time to prevent a “fire drill” post­-legalization. Wiener along with the two other committee members, Supervisors John Avalos and Malia Cohen, voted on the applicants.

Kevin Reed, founder of dispensary Green Cross, said legalization will “severely” impact neighborhoods with existing pot dispensaries. “We do need more dispensaries in The City to handle legalization,” Reed told the committee.

Reed said The City should open up areas for pot dispensaries that are currently off­-limits, like the Bayview. He also suggested eliminating the restriction that requires dispensaries to locate only on the ground floor of buildings. “You have an entire Financial District of tall buildings that you can open up,” Reed said.

Tom McElroy, an architect and Duboce Triangle resident picked to serve on the task force, said it will take public neighborhood meetings to gain acceptance. “I believe everyone should have access to this industry,” McElroy said. “Education is a big part of this task force and changing people’s minds about cannabis.”

Other applicants spoke about the need to control the look and feel of the industry. “It would be preferable not to have large cannabis billboards clustering around the airport and large signs outside of businesses,” said Jesse Stout, an attorney who was selected to serve on the task force.

Laura Thomas, with the Drug Policy Alliance, said legalization would create a strong job market and The City should focus efforts on job training. She added that task force would examine funding ideas with expected tax revenues.

Legal marijuana sales increased by 74 percent last year to $2.7 billion, according to marijuana investment and research firm The ArcView Group.

Use of medical marijuana remains illegal under federal law but 23 states, including California, allow the drug for medical purposes. Recreational use has recently become legalized in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine.


Selections for San Francisco’s Cannabis State Legalization Task Force:

Jesse Stout, medical marijuana attorney with Greenbridge Corporate Counsel

Erich Pearson, SPARC co-­founder

Michelle Aldrich, long­time marijuana advocate

Sara Payan, dispensary employee at The Apothecarium

Jon Ballesteros, Senior VP of Public Policy for the San Francisco Travel Association

Barbara Fugate, retired 911 dispatcher

Tom McElroy, architect

Laura Thomas, Deputy State Director, California, for the Drug Policy Alliance

Terrance Alan, chairman of SF Late Night Coalition

Sarah Shrader, medical marijuana advocate, attorney

Daisy Ozim, TAYSF, transitional age youth collaborative community organizer

In this article – we aim to inform every Pot smoking San Francisco resident about the essential issues in the heart of the Everybody’s Favorite City.  We answer the important questions:

San Francisco City MMJ Factoids:

  • MMJ ID Cards issued until  2015 = 21627
  • California licensed Physicians Recommendations: >150,000 est.
  • The city has 28 permitted medical marijuana dispensaries (2016), spread unevenly throughout town, although mostly in SoMa and the Mission.
  • Legal cannabis sales in San Francisco exceeds $100 million a year (2015).

San Francisco City was founded by the Spanish in 1776, the same year America was born.  After the 1848 gold rush, Frisco grew to the point where the town incorporated (1856). The city was burnt to the ground in a fire after one of America’s biggest earthquakes in 1906.  The city was rebuilt and SF never looked back.  Today, the Bay Area’s population is pegged at over 8 million.San Francisco is truly a city of historic proportions.  Cities like Athens, Rome or Timbuktu were remembered for an eternity, not because of how big they were, but what went down in downtown.

Unofficially, San Francisco must have the most nicknames of any city in the World.

  • Baghdad by the Bay
  • The City
  • The City by the Bay
  • The City That Knows How
  • Everybody’s Favorite City
  • Fog City
  • Frisco
  • Golden City
  • The Golden Gate City
  • San Fran
  • Shaky Town

San Francisco and the Bay area is home to two world changing phenomena – occurring in bsan-francisco-dispensaries-cannabis-lounges-mmjdoctor-city-fogack to back generations.  The Hippie-Beat generation profoundly affected every culture on the planet. Thought the phenomena of flower power was a nation / worldwide thing, most everyone would say San Fran and the Bay area was truly the capitol of that spontaneous movement.  Just when Flower Power faded away,  the slightly more premeditated Silicon Valley phenom burst into life.

The IT revolution swept the world, with drastic paradigm shift that perhaps this world has never seen?  While we’re not sure where this ongoing revolution will ultimately go, by now the majority of the planet’s people have personal computers, apps, software, iPhones and database in the hands of everyone. A billion or two souls that had no electricity, running water only one generation ago, now has a iPhone and a Facebook account.

“After the Beatles had their say, California was the place it was happening. The ’60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together.” –  Neil Young

Critics say that San Fran is one messed up city when it comes to Marijuana, the city’s collective of lawmen, politicians and businessmen forms an ongoing dysfunctional “unit”.  While Cannabis sales have gone through the roof, and the world wide war on drugs is under attack, the Flower Power City decided to discourage the Marijuana Industry.

Mayor Ed Lee and other forces in city government have limited permits, and in no small way, the city has effectively created monopolies among the existing dispensaries and Pot clubs. Monopolies mean long lines, higher prices and arrogant behavior on the part of some vendors.   With Medical Marijuana in high demand in the city, existing dispensaries are overloaded with customers, which creates a public nuisance for the neighborhood, as if there was a Wal Mart fire-sale every day of the week.

MMJ Law – San Francisco

MMJ Regulation and Safety Act — any business in operation now will have priority for a state license, starting in 2018

Patients are allowed up to 24 plants or 25 square feet of canopy; dispensary gardens capped at 99 plants in 100 square feet. Possession limit 8 oz. dried cannabis per patient.

San Francisco has enacted Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) Regulations for Preparation of Edible Cannabis Products

Disclaimer:  Before taking action, readers should refer to San Francisco County’s actual website,  or the original source,  to verify the ultimate accuracy of any information provided herein.


In the past, buying Weed in Frisco was a no brainer.  You could walk to a dispensary if “your man” was out of town.  If you couldn’t be bothered with dealers and clubs, you could pick up the phone and call one of more than forty delivery services.  But there were issues, what is the quality of the pot?, Who’s really legal here?  Do I need a Medical Marijuana Card?  Moving forward, the white hats of San Fran’s Medical Marijuana industry want to see – and are pushing for – more dispensaries and more testing – to provide easy access to the affordable, potent, safe Medical Marijuana.

“Try black pepper balls if you get paranoid just chew two or three pieces. I just found this out myself. Try it.” – Neil Young to Howard Stern

To purchase Marijuana from any licensed Marijuana Dispensary or Club in San Francisco,  you’ll need a Doctor’s Recommendation and / or MMJ-ID.  Schedule your online appointment and see our licensed Medical Marijuana Doctors in San Francisco today!



  • “In 2016, with legalization a real possibility, the city may finally take a different tack. Under legislation authored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, the city has set up and seated a legalization task force.” –  SF Weekly
  • “A collection of cannabis industry owners, workers, lawyers, and city and school district officials, the task force’s mission is to grapple with the possibility of legal, recreational cannabis-  if legalization is approved by California voters this fall.”
  • “There’s an immediate need to create access for everyday people.” – Erich Pearson
  • “Existing cannabis businessmen like Pearson are directly aided by restrictive zoning and by anti-cannabis policy-makers — but even he believes that more dispensaries, not fewer, is what the city needs.”
  • “We’re going to have a lot more cannabis users, we’re going to need to spread it out.” – Erich Pearson, the founder of SPARK


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