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The Latest: Pot fans say San Francisco close to killing weed

November 14, 2017 - 10:35 AM

SAN FRANCISCO - The Latest on marijuana regulations in San Francisco (all times local):

10:10 a.m.

A California state senator says city supervisors are "dangerously close to destroying" the budding marijuana industry with their foot-dragging on approving regulations.

Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco has had a surprisingly hard time determining where to allow new recreational stores as critics, many of them older Chinese immigrants, have spoken up against marijuana use around children.

The Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take up the issue at its meeting Tuesday.

State Sen. Scott Wiener issued the joint statement with David Campos, chairman of the San Francisco Democratic Party. The former supervisors say a stop-gap compromise to allow existing medical marijuana outlets sell recreational pot starting Jan. 1 would create an unfair monopoly for those businesses.

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12:05 a.m.

Famously pro-cannabis San Francisco is having a surprisingly difficult time establishing regulations over where to allow new recreational stores come Jan. 1.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will take up legal cannabis regulations Tuesday.

It's been surprisingly difficult as critics, many of them older Chinese immigrants who oppose marijuana use, try to restrict where pot can be sold. They say children must be protected from the drug.

San Francisco supervisors have debated restricting retail cannabis shops to 600 feet (183 metres) from schools or 1,000 feet (305 metres) from schools. Cannabis advocates say the larger radius would kill the industry.

The board may vote on a holdover measure that would allow existing medical marijuana facilities to sell to adults Jan. 1, giving the board more time to hash out regulations.

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