Sunset pot club remains center of debate

The Planning Commission approved in May the issuance of a permit for a Sunset medical marijuana club operation at 2139 Taraval St.

But a number of residents remain in opposition to the decision, and packed the house of a hearing on the appeal of the permit before the Board of Appeals.

Supervisor Carmen Chu, whose district includes the medicinal marijuana club, encouraged the Board of Appeals to reject the permit and the San Francisco Unified School District’s superintendent Carlos Garcia sent a letter opposing the permit as well.

Among the reasons the permit should be overturned, Chu said, was “just how flawed the public process at the Planning Commission was. The translation was not adequate, did not provide meaningful opportunity for community to be able to express their opinion.”

Chu advised the board to adhere to the “spirit of the law.”  The law says that pot clubs should not be located within a 1,000-foot radius of the grounds of schools or community facilities serving those under 18 years old. Chu said that such facilities are very close to the 1,000-foot radius.

Garcia said in a letter that the location “sits in a densely populated merchants corridor. This area is a popular draw for the students of Lincoln High School. The facility could serve as a resource for providing cannabis to the broader student population of Lincoln High School.”

The Planning Department says that the club meets the requirements laid out in the code.

Paul Hansbury, who is attempting to open the Bay Area Compassion Health Center at 2139 Taraval St. site, has said the area is underserved and patients need to go to the Mission, Tenderloin and SoMa to get their prescriptions filled.

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