The San Francisco Board of Supervisors have passed an ordinance banning cannabis dispensaries from opening in Chinatown.
The Chinese American community has been vehemently opposed to the idea of a dispensary opening in the neighborhood since California legalized recreational cannabis last year.
The ordinance, sponsored by Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents Chinatown, passed 8-3, with Supervisors Rafael Mandelman, Vallie Brown and Hillary Ronen voting against it.
Not pleased with her Chinese neighbors, Board President Malia Cohen gave a blistering statement against the ordinance, saying she was “appalled to even be sitting here with this legislation.”
Members of the Chinese American community argued there are a unique set of factors in Chinatown that makes a ban necessary: extremely dense housing, fears of gentrification and a cultural aversion to cannabis.