San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has an arduous task at hand. Despite being a marijuana-friendly city, the Board of Supervisors is finding it difficult to regulate the legal pot market with the ensuing change in California law in January 2018. Designing laws to suit the city’s requirements is now a matter of debate as opponents of the drug, especially older Chinese immigrants, are trying to restrict its consumption.
The issue led the city’s supervisors to discuss the issue on Nov. 14, 2017. Realizing the nature and extent of opposition they are facing currently, they are contemplating a makeshift arrangement allowing sale of recreational marijuana through existing outlets that currently deal in the cannabis for medicinal purposes on Jan. 1, 2018. They are also working on some places that can be used to open new stores.
Chinese-American neighborhoods oppose pot sale
People in San Francisco are now wondering about the strict regulations that they may have to face owing to vehement resistance by the Chinese-American community. While weed smoking is common in the neighborhoods and parks of San Francisco, it is still not clear the kind of restrictions pot users may have to face. Some concerned citizens maintain that the easy availability of marijuana may influence children to smoke the drug.
The fact that a significant part of the San Francisco population consists of Chinese Americans has added to the difficulty of passing pro-marijuana regulations. Currently, there are 46 medical marijuana outlets in the city that sell the drug to adults. Medical cannabis users want to ensure that recreational pot stores are at least 600 feet away from schools. At present, all schools and recreation centers catering to minor students are required to be at least 1,000 feet away from medical pot dispensaries.
However, some Chinese-American organizations have sought a complete prohibition on recreational marijuana stores in the city’s Chinatown. The Chinese-American community insists that recreational pot outlets should be located at least 1,500 feet away from schools and other places where children may congregate.
Marijuana use has always been a subject of contention due to ambiguity in its medicinal properties. While some research show that marijuana can help lessen excruciating and prolonged pain, averting the risk of being dependent on opioid painkillers, other studies focused on continual cannabis use have revealed how its use among teenagers and young adults can have severe physiological and psychological implications. Thus, the lack of information about the drug has led to more speculations than facts.
Road to recovery
Marijuana is a favorite drug among Americans. With more and more states voting in favor of legalizing the drug each year, federal agencies are concerned about the potential impact it may have on the country’s population. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), about 4 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a marijuana use disorder in 2015, while nearly 138,000 voluntarily sought treatment for pot use.
Statistics by several federal agencies reveal how more Americans have succumbed to indulgence in various substances than road accidents or terror attacks. If you or your loved one is grappling with addiction to marijuana due to excessive use of the drug, seek immediate medical assistance at a reputed rehab center.
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