A proposed Sunset outlet of the Apothecarium marijuana dispensary is now dead in the water after a surprise Tuesday night vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Despite their staunch opposition to the appeal from the right-wing Pacific Justice Institute — who even several supervisors condemned as a “hate group” — the Board sided with the hate group’s appeal anyway, and voted by a 9-2 margin to support the appeal and deny the Apothecarium’s permit. Former Oakland mayor Jean Quan would have been a co-owner of the Sunset Apothecarium location.
The decision was an unexpected shocker, and even the San Francisco Chronicle originally ran an inaccurate version of the story claiming that the Apothecarium had been approved. The screenshot above shows the Chronicle article that described “the board’s unanimous vote in favor of the Apothecarium,” which was posted roughly 15 minutes before the board actually voted. In fact, only supervisors Jeff Sheehy and Malia Cohen voted in favor of the Apothecarium.
The meeting drew large crowds of both supporters and opponents, and both sides’ public comments sessions lasted well over an hour.
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Supervisor Katy Tang explained why she voted down the Apothecarium. “There’s a long way to go in terms of working with our community and the Sunset District on cannabis,” Tang said at the meeting. “I am elected by the people who live in this district, and the overwhelming majority have voiced to me that they don’t want this MCD [medical cannabis dispensary].”
In an exclusive statement to SF Weekly just after the vote, an Apothecarium spokesperson said, “The Pacific Justice Institute won and Sunset patients lost.”