Pot Club Set to Open on Congested City Street
DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: A bowl of medicinal marijuana is displayed in a booth at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Saturday, May 22, 2010 Updated at 10:00 AM PDT
A medical marijuana dispensary will open on a busy street despite heavy opposition from residents in San Francisco's Sunset District.
The city's Planning Commission voted 5-1 on Friday to approve the neighborhood's first medical marijuana dispensary on busy Taraval Street. One commissioner recused himself.
The vote came after hours of angry objections from Sunset District residents. Many said a pot club did not belong in a neighborhood with so many schools and children.
Commissioners said the complaints did not show the exceptional and extraordinary circumstances required to reject a business that meets city requirements for the site.
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