Pot Club Turned Down Permit To Appeal Decision

Pot Club Turned Down Permit To Appeal Decision
Posted by CN Staff on July 14, 2006 at 22:17:13 PT
By The Bay City News 
Source: Bay City News
San Francisco -- The attorney representing a man who had hoped to open a medical marijuana dispensary near San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf said today that Kevin Reed will appeal the San Francisco Planning Commission's decision to turn down his application for a pot club permit. Reed had hoped to open a cannabis dispensary at 2701 Leavenworth St., a stone's throw away from the popular tourist destination Fisherman's Wharf.
Up until March, Reed operated a dispensary called The Green Cross on Fair Oaks Street in the Mission District, Elford said. Pot clubs began to appear in San Francisco after California voters passed Proposition 215 in 1996, allowing patients with permission from a doctor to purchase medical marijuana. There are around 24 pot clubs operating in the city at present, Elford estimated. In November, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors amended and unanimously passed the city's first set of medical marijuana regulations, allowing dozens of clubs in the city to remain open, albeit under stricter guidelines. Elford said he didn't hear an overwhelming amount of concern Thursday evening from community residents near the proposed Leavenworth Street site about pot club clientele or about drugs being bought and then re-sold on the street. Rather, the opposition centered on a "technical argument," that the dispensary shouldn't be allowed to open within 1,000 feet of any recreation area open to the public. Opponents pointed to a rowing club and a senior center within 1,000 feet of 2701 Leavenworth St. in support of their argument, he said. "If those are the criteria, then there's nowhere in the city a dispensary can open," he said. The Planning Commission "is going to have to make some very difficult calls in the future," he said. The Green Cross has a significant following because it can provide quality services to its patients, Elford said. The Mission District dispensary served as many as 200 to 300 customers at its peak, before the stricter rules were introduced, while a typical day saw around 50 customers, he said. Reed's appeal process to the San Francisco Board of Permit Appeals will last around two months, attorney Joe Elford said. Reed has 15 days from the date his application is formally rejected to file an appeal. A hearing is then scheduled within 45 days of the appeal date. If the appeal to open a cannabis club at the Leavenworth Street site doesn't pan out, Reed is likely to look for another line of work, Elford said. "There are absolutely no plans to look elsewhere," for an alternate to the Leavenworth Street site, he said.Source: Bay City News (CA)Published: July 14, 2006Copyright: 2006 Bay City News Contact: bcn Website: Related Articles & Web Site:The Green Crosshttp://thegreencross.orgSF Commission Denies Permit for Wharf Pot Club's Wharf Shops Fume Over Pot Club Pot Club Tests San Francisco Law
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Comment #9 posted by Wayne on July 16, 2006 at 09:41:18 PT
more exposure
The CourtTV program was great. But we need to have something like that on network TV, something everyone can see. I remember 60 Minutes did one or two specials back in the '90s speaking out against the Drug War. I guess BushCo. shut them down, too?We need mainstream network media and newspapers covering stories like these, that's the only way the general public will ever hear them. I never watch CourtTV, and I never would have seen the program if I hadn't heard about it on here. We need to shove it in front of people's faces so they can't be sheltered from it or ignore it. Sort of the way Time magazine did back in the '80s with the 'crack-baby epidemic'. Fight fire with fire!
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on July 15, 2006 at 21:42:30 PT
The Freedom Files
The entire episode, apparently, isn't available on line yet...but I watched the piece on Hearne, Texas. It's utterly and grievously dispicable that this was happening all over Texas at that time and it's still bad...but like Wayne said, seeing them and hearing them is a powerful experience. Everyone should watch this. Get everyone to watch it that you possibly can. The Hearne piece is available online now.It hurts. It hurts bad.
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Comment #7 posted by Wayne on July 15, 2006 at 21:28:25 PT
court tv
I too saw the show this morning. It just showed me some of the things I already know, but it really gave me encouragement to see faces with the stories. Like that poor young woman who was in jail for 3-1/2 weeks before someone realized the name was wrong on her indictment. Did anyone even bother to check her ID? And then to find out the 'anonymous' tipper was actually forced to say things to the police that were false. Unbelieveable.My fiancee watched part of it with me, and previously she used to be one of those 'too bad for them' people. But I think the seeing-faces thing has helped her too, because her attitude has definitely changed. We actually had a very deep discussion about the program after it was overwith.And that's the one thing about the media that is unavailable just about anywhere else. In a way, it's infectious. This is EXACTLY the sort of thing we need. We need people to see it with their own eyes, and then we need to get a dialogue started. Then it will do the work for us...
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on July 15, 2006 at 20:51:56 PT
Cool! Sukoi!
This computer has got the power and the bandwidth and the high speed or whatever it is that I need. I can watch it right now. Already have heard the first of it, but had to run back and tell you that I can actually watch it...right now.Thanks!(I also understand now that it's a Freedom Files show and it won't be about the Drug War every week.)Cool anyway.
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on July 15, 2006 at 20:46:04 PT
No, I didn't get to see it. It sounds like something we've been needing badly for a long time. Truth in Media. Fearless media. This is going to be a regular weekly show, isn't it? I hope so.That idiotic Toughest Sheriff in the Country thing was so ugly and stupid.This new show you describe sounds like something that could help the whole world. I hope it's a regular thing and stays on. It's not improbable that pressure from somewhere could shut them down. I hope they take a stand against the injustice of the drug war...and stand firm, brave, and strong.
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Comment #4 posted by Sukoi on July 15, 2006 at 13:21:14 PT
Hope, did you watch it?
They crammed a hell of a lot in that 30 minutes and the swhow was great. As I understand it, the show will be posted at their site on Monday for those who missed or would like to send it to others:
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on July 15, 2006 at 11:02:39 PT
Sukoi! I believe that is absolutely wonderful news
Thank you.Court TV has got the jackhammer of truth started. More help bringing down the mountain of injustice that the so called, War on Drugs, is.We are such a media centered world. The media was all about promoting the so called, WoD. I'm thankful that some of them are going to work to end the blood and prison bath. So thankful.A righteous thing it is to expose and bring down the injustice of this pogram against the people.
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Comment #2 posted by Sukoi on July 15, 2006 at 04:45:28 PT
OT: The ACLU Freedom Files: Drug Wars
The ACLU Freedom Files: Drug Wars debuts this Saturday, July 15 at 11 AM CST on Court TV. Here are the major storylines featured in the half-hour "Drug Wars" episode. For more info and to see the trailer, visit*     Racist Drug Raids: The "War on Drugs" costs taxpayers more than 50 billion dollars annually, but it costs those disproportionately targeted by the government -- youth, communities of color and the sick and dying -- so much more. In the "Drug Wars" episode, we'll take you to Hearne, Texas, where nearly 15% of the town's young African American men were incarcerated on drug charges based on the false accusations of a mentally ill police informant. *     The Drug War Goes to School: And you'll meet the students at Stratford High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, who were held at gunpoint, forced by school officials and a police SWAT team into lockdown -- all because of suspicion that a student "might" be in possession of a marijuana joint. *     Excessive Prison Sentencing: We look at the family impact of cruel and excessive prison sentences for drug offenses through the eyes of three sisters from Oregon. Their mother, Hamedah Hasan, was sentenced to 27 years in prison because of her involvement with a man who was dealing drugs, though she never sold or used drugs herself. *     Medical Marijuana: Valerie Corral suffered from constant, debilitating seizures until she discovered that marijuana relieved her symptoms. She helped author the country's first statewide law allowing the use of medical marijuana and started a hospice to help people with terminal illnesses cope with pain. Nevertheless, federal agents stormed her California home and arrested her and her husband. She talks about her fight to help seriously ill people live with dignity.Watch these stories and more, plus commentary by comedian John Fugelsang. He's not afraid to say all the things no one else is willing to say, like that our nation's "addiction" to the drug war is worse than drug addiction itself. As he says, "At least drug addicts can get treatment."Through these true stories, this episode of The ACLU Freedom Files shows how the "war on drugs" has become a war on the American people.
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on July 15, 2006 at 04:20:45 PT
Rather, the opposition centered on a "technical argument," that the dispensary shouldn't be allowed to open within 1,000 feet of any recreation area open to the public.Never mind all of the liquor stores,tobacco shops and pharmacies that are EVERYWHERE! It seems to me that medical cannabis patients and providers are being discriminated against.THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...How Could They Plant Bombs in the World Trade Center? Change (2nd Edition)/September 11th Revisited Screenings = Dr. Morgan Reynolds Lecture - Dallas,Tx -7/22: for 9/11 Truth: says, ‘No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11':
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