At Tuesday night’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors unanimously approved an eviction moratorium amendment — potentially affecting tens of thousands of renters — with no discussion, a quick roll-call vote, and the bang of a gavel. But just before that, they spent nearly two-and-a-half hours debating a cannabis dispensary that had already been approved by City Hall.
ReLeaf Herbal Cooperative was just the third San Francisco legal medical marijuana dispensary when it opened at Ninth and Mission Streets in 2008. But they were on the wrong end of a no-fault eviction in 2019, and have sought a replacement location since. This past June, the SF Planning Commission approved their move to a new location much further down Mission Street, just a few hundred feet from the Daly City border.
That decision was appealed to the Board of Supervisors, as a neighboring church argued the new location violated laws around proximity to schools, and created too large a cluster of pot shops in the neighborhood. The board did not agree, and rejected the appeal in an 8-3 vote.
“I am grateful to be able to continue my story as Latina legacy cannabis operator in the neighborhood where I grew up,” owner