Pot Clubs Scarce on Peninsula

1,000-foot ordinance limits locations

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Jodi Hernandez
    Pot dispensaries are unwelcome in San Mateo County.

    San Francisco is rolling in cannabis clubs. Oakland has a whole neighborhood, dubbed "Oaksterdam," full of medical-marijuana merchants.

    But in San Mateo County, clubs are going up in smoke, according to the Daily News.

    The problem? An ordinance which forces clubs to locate 1,000 feet away from schools and youth and recreation centers.

    A 2-1 decision by the county's licensing board late last month resulted in the closure of Blue Heaven and Universal Healthcare Cooperative, located near Redwood City, Calif.

    Blue Heaven operates the only remaining club in the county at Moss Beach -- on the coast, far from the county's population centers.

    Similar disputes over cannabis clubs have roiled Gilroy, Calif., south of San Jose. A judge will decide next week if a medical marijuana clinic there, MediLeaf, can remain open.

    The ongoing disputes highlight the stigma that remains on medical marijuana, despite its growing acceptance -- and the possibility it can help solve California's budget crisis.