San Francisco is Preparing for California Marijuana Legalization in 2016
If California legalizes cannabis for adults in 2016, what will become of San Francisco’s world-class medical dispensaries? How about the unlicensed Golden Gate Park gathering on April 20th? What should local recreational taxes be? How should San Francisco handle cannabis tourism? Gourmet canna-dining? Tastings? Conferences? Festivals? The City faces all these questions and more in the near future. On Tuesday, a group that includes San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, former Entertainment Commissioner Terrance Alan, now co-founder of the state’s California Cannabis Voice and others will propose to the city’s Board of Supervisors the creation of a 19-member “Cannabis State Legalization Task Force”. Supervisor Wiener said the Task Force would feature representatives from city departments, the cannabis industry, consumers, public health, nightlife, big business, tourism, neighborhood groups and others, and create recommendations for city leaders by summer 2016. A potential San Francisco cannabis state legalization task force comes amid similar regional efforts to consider the effects of changing policy. Affected Northern California counties are studying the potential economic impacts of legalizing the federally prohibited drug. And former San Francisco mayor and current California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is leading town halls on the issue across the state. The recent Public Policy Institute of California poll finds 55 percent of likely California voters strongly support ending cannabis prohibition for adults 21 and over.