Jean Quan’s Pot Venture Goes Up in Smoke

Former Oakland Mayor Jean Quan’s dream of running a high-end weed dispensary in the Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco was crushed during an intense appeal hearing Tuesday. By a vote of 9 to 2, the Board of Supervisors decided to deny the Apothecarium cannabis clubs’s permit, putting an end to Quan’s plans. Supervisors Jeff Sheehy and Malia Cohen dissented.

This has been a roller coaster experience for Quan. When she and her husband first broached the idea, there was an outpouring of condemnation from the largely traditional, Chinese community. But by July, the plan was moving full steam ahead, with the San Francisco Planning Commission approving the storefront 5 to 1.

Residents continued to fight back with the help of the Pacific Justice Institute and the Chinese American Democratic Club. On Tuesday, supervisors heeded their concerns about the Noriega Street dispensary, which would have been located not far from a school and a church.

The Apothecarium already has three other locations in the Castro, the Marina and Las Vegas. 

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