Pot Dispensary in the Sunset Galls School District. In the Mission, Not So Much.

Kids these days have plenty to worry about, not the least of which is the threat posed by medical cannabis. Recent studies show more high schoolers in America use pot than smoke cigarettes, and San Francisco public school officials are well aware of this scourge among us. Pot clubs can “serve as a resource to provide cannabis to the broader student population” at the city's high schools, as San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia noted in a November letter, which was written in opposition to an approved pot club at 31st Avenue and Taraval Street in the Sunset, 0.8 miles away from Lincoln High School.

The law forbids such a club within 1,000 feet of a school; the Taraval club was outside of the verboten zone, but had its permit revoked at an Board of Appeals hearing nonetheless.

Anywhere where teens congregate or where Muni lines run is no place for a dispensary, Garcia wrote. So you'd think the school district raised holy hell when a Mission District pot club received a permit to operate at 20th and Mission Streets.

When it opens, Shambhala Healing Center will be sandwiched between two high schools and one middle school — to the east is John O'Connell on 19th and Folsom, 0.3 miles away; 0.4 miles to the south is Horace Mann Middle School; and to the west is Mission High, 0.7 miles away.

That kind of proximity elicited the following from Garica: Nothing.

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