Medical Marijuana Task Force seeks to fix typo that doomed Sunset District pot dispensary
When the San Francisco Board of Appeals reversed the issuance of a permit for a Taraval Street medical marijuana dispensary in November, its decision was attributed largely to a tiny error in the city’s Planning Code — an error the Medical Marijuana Task Force is now seeking to fix.
The typographical error in the Planning Code is in a section that refers to a definition of a recreational facility — one of the kinds of land uses from which dispensaries must stay away — in another part of the code. But the reference is to a paragraph designated with the wrong letter of the alphabet, so the code contains no legally valid definition of a recreational facility.
The Planning Code typo spelled the end for the Bay Area Compassion Health Care Center at 2139 Taraval St. But now the San Francisco Medical Marijuana Task Force is drafting legislation to correct the typo and clear the way for the City to approve new pot-dispensary permits, the San Francisco Examiner reports:
The task force, a 13-member advisory group appointed by the Board of Supervisors, wants to correct the error as quickly as possible to prevent future applications from being denied.
“I don’t want to see permits denied for a technical flaw and something that has nothing to do with dispensaries’ application,” said task force member David Goldman, who is the head of Americans for Safe Access, a nonprofit organization based out of Oakland promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research.
Photo: Tom Prete / Ocean Beach Bulletin
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