SF Pot Task Force Passes

By Jessica Greene
|  Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 11:36 AM PDT
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SF Pot Task Force Passes

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SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 13: A worker at the Alternative Herbal Health Services cannabis dispensary packages medicinal marijuana July 13, 2006 in San Francisco. San Francisco city planners are deciding July 13 if they will issue a permit to allow Kevin Reed to open the Green Cross medical marijuana dispensary right in the middle of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf area, a popular tourist destination. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A new task force will help San Francisco regulate the sale of medical pot. Supervisors on Tuesday voted to create the Medical Cannabis Task Force that will deal with everything from taxation to setting guidelines for baked goods.

But the move came with a contentious vote.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd argued the 13-member panel leaned too heavily toward patients and left out the neighbors living near pot clubs.

"This issue takes expertise and one of the issues surrounding medical cannabis is the expertise of understanding what its like to live within a 1,000 feet within a medical cannabis club. And there is no requirement for such a resident in this," Elsbernd told the Examiner. "And if we are going to be getting recommendations on future locations and how these clubs should be handled it would nice to have that expertise as a part of this."

 One of the task force seats will now be reserved for a member of the neighborhood.

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