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San Francisco’s new Office of Cannabis gets executive director

Published On: 09-05-2017 in Category: addiction, Marijuana, Substance abuse

San Francisco City Administrator Naomi Kelly on Aug. 28, 2017, announced the appointment of Nicole Elliot as the executive director of the new Office of Cannabis. Elliot has been entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the mammoth task of rolling out commercial cannabis mandates. Nicole will now helm the department, which is all set to present the draft of the new regulations governing cannabis to the Board of Supervisors and the mayor in Sept. 2017, media reports said.

In a letter to city department heads, Kelly wrote that Elliot holds the necessary qualifications to help San Francisco with the new cannabis regulations and equity venture, especially when California is heading towards the rollout of commercial marijuana in 2018. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the new executive director would cost the city more than $200K each year..

San Francisco has serious marijuana addiction problems

As in other parts of California, both medical and recreational use of cannabis is legal in San Francisco. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than 15 percent of San Francisco residents aged 12 and above regularly use cannabis, resulting in the high rate of pot use. Studies show that social use of marijuana is a common occurrence across this truly historical megalopolis by the bay.

In fact, marijuana is the most popular illicit drug across the city, with soaring rates of addiction in the past few years. Regardless of the legalization of medical cannabis use in several states nationwide, it remains an indisputable fact that marijuana is an immensely addictive and harmful substance. Experts say that prolonged use of cannabis can retard multiple brain and body functions significantly. Besides, the adverse impact of marijuana on an individual’s social life as well as career can make it impossible for those in the abyss of addiction to break free from the clutches of the drug. The spike in weed addiction rates across the country is mainly due to the growing ease of availability, perceived harmlessness and the large-scale social acceptance of the drug.

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