and Taraval resident, discussed concerns for safety of her child.
Max Del Rio, medical cannabis advocate, stated that medical marijuana has been legal and that the city has a right to provide safe access to people who chose alternative medicine and stated that this is a planning issue.
Mr. Jue stated that San Francisco has already 23 marijuana dispensaries and that the Sunset does not need another dispensary and discussed concerns for safety of teenagers in the neighborhood.
Ms. Chen discussed concerns for her children’s safety and concerns about opening a dispensary in front of Lincoln High School and that it might serve as temptation for the kids.
Jeanette Berger expressed support for the police.
Larry McFarlan stated that dispensaries do not allow children to go inside or to be within 20 feet of the dispensary.
Mike expressed support for medical cannabis dispensary.
Ed Breslin asked that the department help educate in regards to safety and the increase and decrease of crime around medical marijuana dispensaries.
Gilbert, Native American, asked that everyone should get over all the lies and ignorance and educate ourselves.
Unidentified stated that children will not be around dispensaries and stated that dispensary in the Sunset is just for safe access.
Mary Harris, OMI, thanked Captain Schmitt and the Taraval officers for good work around the neighborhood and asked for a safety pamphlet be issued by the Department.
Art Tom, Sunset resident, stated the issue is what does the community wants.
Unidentified stated that dispensaries are for citizens who are in need of alternative medicine.
Unidentified expressed support for the Chinese-American community and stated that maybe it is wrong timing for this dispensary and that more education is needed.
Mr. Clark, Access of Love, stated that there is a mechanism of control in medical dispensaries.
Unidentified stated that there were over 100 Sunset residents who stood up and left but that is not due to disrespect but to protest medical marijuana dispensary in the Sunset.
Russell Kyle, Sunset & Richmond resident, discussed concerns.
Yvette Fernandez, cancer patient, stated that medical cannabis lessens the effects of pharmaceutical drugs.
Hector stated that, with proper rules and regulations, a medical cannabis dispensary in the Sunset will do fine.
Unidentified expressed support for police officers and expressed concern for safety of his wife and child and the concerns for someone who has been smoking marijuana and getting behind the wheel of a car.
Commissioner DeJesus asked about a letter written by Captain Schmitt opposing the dispensary in the Sunset and stated that maybe the Commission should hear this item again. Captain Schmitt explained what was presented in her presentation was the issue of illegal growers in the district and not the issue of medical dispensaries. She also explained that her letter to the Planning Department was "my way of saying that the issues we’ve seen in and around the dispensaries on Ocean Avenue, whether they’re statistically based or based on the experience of going out and seeing these things in public and speaking to the residents and merchants out there, that’s the reality of what I’ve seen as a police officer and those are the things that could come to pass should the Planning Department approve the same type of business on Taraval Avenue. Now, as far as politicking the issue, while I do get asked a lot about the proposed medical dispensary, I think even Mr. Hansberry would say, I have put their … they have held meetings, the Bay Area Compassionate Health, has held meetings at Taraval Station to invite the public in to talk to them about the proposed dispensary. Every meeting that I have gone to, I have told people they have open house on Wednesdays at their location, go in there and see what they have to say. I personally visited the site. I’ve seen the plans Greg has for security, and I’ve talked to him about what could potentially happen at a site like that on Taraval Street, what the risks are. I’ve had, I think, two captain’s meetings at Taraval Station since this issue have come to light and they have been really well attended because there’s a lot of passion in the community about this issue. And I’ve told everyone who’d come to those meetings, you need to explore whether or not you think what they’re proposing as their business plan and whether you think just like any other business, that’s a business you want in your community. The repercussions or consequences, either good or bad, that come to the district will be ours to deal with. Have I seen some negative impact in communities from having medical cannabis dispensaries, yes, I have. On Ocean Avenue and speaking to the merchants and residents in and around there and the police activity that we have around there, we have seen some negative consequences. Does that mean I know whether or not Mr. Hansberry and the coalition could put
together a business plan, no. I’m not a business person and that’s why I tell the community educate yourself, come to your own conclusion, go to the Planning Department, and express your opinions."
Commissioner DeJesus stated that she would like to put this issue in front of the Commission and asked for statistics in regards to incidents mentioned in the Captain’s letter in and around the Ocean Avenue dispensaries.
Chief Gascón explained that what Captain Schmitt was doing was that the Captain was asked for her opinion as to whether having another cannabis dispensary, much like what is done with ABC licenses, how it would impact the safety of the community and the Captain was reacting as to what her community would like the Department to do. The Chief stated that the Department will provide to the Commission the statistics requested so that the Commission can evaluate the level of crimes around dispensaries.
Commissioner Mazzucco stated that every District Captains have their First Amendment Right to express their opinions and stated that this is a neighborhood decision that live in the community and the Planning Department.
Commissioner Pan thanked Captain Schmitt and the members of the Taraval District for their presentation.
Commissioner Hammer thanked Captain Schmitt for her presentation.
Commissioner Lee thanked the Captain for her presentation and explained that the Chinese press have asked people to attend this meeting in regards to the propose medical marijuana dispensary.
Commissioner Marshall thanked the Captain for her presentation and for what she is doing in the district and thanked the community for attending and expressing their concerns.