San Francisco to create licensing unit for recreational cannabis, MMJ

San Francisco is expected to create a city marijuana office to serve as a central contact point for the municipality’s recreational and medical marijuana programs, state regulators and the public.

If approved Tuesday by the city’s Board of Supervisors, the Office of Cannabis’ duties will include developing and managing the licensing of all marijuana-related businesses in San Francisco, handling customer complaints and providing policy analysis, TV station KCBS reported.

In addition to overseeing the adult-use market that California’s slated to launch in 2018, the Office of Cannabis will absorb the medical marijuana duties currently being handled by San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.

The city administrator will oversee the cannabis office, which will consist of a director and two staffers, according to the San Francisco Examiner.

The Office of Cannabis will have a $700,000 budget for fiscal year, including $225,000 for web site development, public outreach and overhead, the newspaper reported. Permitting fees are expected to help the office recoup some of the expenses, according to KCBS.

San Francisco is facing a September deadline to draft regulations for the city’s adult-use market, and the Office of Cannabis is required to propose fees for permit applications and annual licenses to the Board of Supervisors by Nov. 1, the Examiner reported.

The board is also expected to vote Tuesday on legislation that would extend zoning controls for marijuana production businesses through the end of the year to allow more time for the city to develop the permanent regulations, according to KCBS.