Supe: Marijuana task force lacks neighborhood representation 

The Board of Supervisors voted 8-2 Tuesday to adopt legislation establishing a brand new Medical Cannabis Task Force. Supervisors Carmen Chu and Sean Elsbernd opposed the legislation.

Elsbernd objected to it for not requiring a more equal balance of those who sit on the task force. He wanted residents living near the medical cannabis facilities.

There are 13 seats on the task force and those who fill the seats have to have qualifications such as operating a dispensary or advocating for medical marijuana.

Elsbernd, however, said the task force is going to come up with “skewed” recommendations.

“This issue takes expertise and one of the issues surrounding medical cannabis is the expertise of understanding what its like to live within a 1,000 feet within a medical cannabis club. And there is no requirement for such a resident in this,” Elsbernd said. “And if we are going to be getting recommendations on future locations and how these clubs should be handled it would nice to have that expertise as a part of this.”

Supervisor David Campos, who introduced the legislation, disagreed with Elsbernd’s point, but noted those appointments to the task force must be approved the board.

The task force was set up to advice the Board of Supervisors on all things related to medical cannabis, from recommending rules about baked goods sold at dispensaries to the question of taxation of products.

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