Pubdate: Mon, 07 Apr 2008
Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA)
Copyright: 2008 San Francisco Examiner
Author: John Upton
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Medicinal)


SAN FRANCISCO - Medical pot vendors in San Francisco would
be allowed to wait until the nation has a new president before
obtaining city permits to sell marijuana under a proposed deadline

A resolution introduced by Supervisor Chris Daly would extend the
deadline to secure city permits until Jan. 21 -- one day after a new
president is inaugurated. The proposed extension would be the second
to be granted to vendors by city lawmakers since a permitting system
was adopted in 2005. Since then, 31 dispensaries have applied for
permits, but five of those dispensaries have since closed down, said
Kevin Reed, president of the Compassionate Care Council, which
represents some of The City's dispensaries. Reed said his
home-delivery service is the only dispensary in The City that has
secured a full permit.

"If we don't get this deadline extended ... we would lose every single
[medical cannabis dispensary] in The City except one," Reed said.

The extension is needed to help the dispensaries overcome disability
access issues, red tape and federal enforcement actions, he said.

State law allows the sale of marijuana for medical uses, but the drug
remains illegal under federal law. Federal agencies in recent months
have continued to pressure San Francisco dispensaries.

The Drug Enforcement Administration in December threatened to seize
the assets of property owners who rent space to dispensaries in San
Francisco, Kumin said.

Democratic presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton
are both expected to change the country's marijuana priorities if
elected, said Bruce Mirken, a San Francisco-based spokesman for the
nonprofit Marijuana Policy Project.

Mirken said 12 states have passed laws permitting medical use of the
drug since California voters started the trend in 1996.

The proposal was approved Thursday by the Planning Commission; it's
due to be considered by the Board of Supervisors.
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