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San Francisco’s Chinese community opposes sale of recreational cannabis in city

Published On: 11-29-2017 in Category: Marijuana

San Francisco's Chinese community opposes sale of recreational cannabis in city

San Francisco authorities are having a tough time trying to define regulations for the legal marijuana market, partly due to considerable criticism from older Chinese immigrants who are opposing pot use. City officials met on Nov. 14, 2017, to examine the feasibility of voting on a stopgap measure to permit the sale of recreational pot through current medical marijuana dispensaries operating in the city as of Jan. 1, 2018. The possibility of imposing strict regulations has left marijuana businesses pondering over access and many San Franciscans trying to figure out what happened to the city’s counter-culture.

Medical marijuana users are suggesting that recreational pot outlets should be at least 600 feet away from schools. Currently, all schools and recreation centers catering to minor students need to be at least 1,000 feet away from medical marijuana dispensaries. However, certain Chinese American organizations based in San Francisco have demanded for a complete prohibition on retail outlets of recreational marijuana in the city’s Chinatown. Chinese Americans insist that retail outlets selling recreational weed should be located at a minimum distance of 1,500 feet from areas where minor children may congregate—such as schools and day-care centers. However, authorities say that considering a distance of over 1,000 feet is quite restrictive for a tightly packed city such as San Francisco.

“Children are impressionable and must be safeguarded from an addictive drug that remains illegal under federal law,” said a Chinese American social worker at the nonprofit San Francisco Community Empowerment Center. Chinese Americans wield a huge political clout in the city where one-third of its 850,000 residents from Asia, with Chinese Americans forming the largest Asian sub-group. Moreover, even the mayor is a Chinese American, so are other elected officials in the city.

Marijuana use rampant in San Francisco

A 2016 report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says that more than 15 percent of San Francisco residents aged 12 and above use marijuana on a monthly basis. Moreover, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug nationwide, with ever-growing rates of addiction in the past few years. The surge can soon reach colossal proportions in the event of complete legalization nationwide.

Irrespective of the legalization of medical marijuana in several states across the country, and the decriminalization of the drug for recreational purposes in some states, one thing is clear that people need to be educated about the fact that marijuana is a highly-addictive and mind-altering drug that can lead to dangerous health problems. No wonder the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t recognize the medicinal value of cannabis and continues to uphold the Schedule I classification under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) due to its immense potential for abuse.

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