A push for a medical marijuana dispensary near Fisherman's Wharf is being met with resistance from business owners who say it's not family friendly.
The proposal has ignited a battle of petitions.
Ray Connolly would like to open a 3,000-square-foot storefront for his medical cannabis collective Krinze at 2627 Taylor Street in San Francisco, right in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, between two shops that sell tourist goods.
Neighborhood business owners believe it's not a good fit.
A petition posted by Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District insisted, if Krinze were allowed to open, it would be in complete disregard of the district's identity and would be "the beginning of a corrosive effect on its status as a family friendly destination."
Connolly countered with his own petition to garner support.
"I started Krinze because my father died of cancer, and medical cannabis would have helped him," he wrote. "By opening this dispensary, I hope to serve residents in SF neighborhoods that do not have dispensaries."
Connolly noted in his petition that he finds it odd his proposed dispensary is receiving pushback, given that "Fisherman's Wharf already features a slew of bars and nightclubs."
As of this writing, Connolly's petition has 5,578 out of a desired 6,000 signatures, while Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District's petition has 81.
The planning commission hearing to decide if Connolly gets his license for the dispensary is scheduled for Dec. 17.