San Francisco finalizes regs for recreational marijuana, but not in time for Jan. 1 sales debut

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SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday. The legislation will take effect 30 days after the mayor signed it, so recreational marijuana sales could start Jan. 6. California voters approved legal recreational pot last year. San Francisco already has more than 40 authorized medical marijuana outlets that could start selling in 2018, though those businesses will still require state permits. Members of the Chinese immigrant community opposed to recreational marijuana use had packed public meetings and called for stricter limits on where to place pot shops.

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SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco is another step closer to allowing recreational marijuana sales to start in January after city leaders approved regulations in a mandatory second vote Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Mayor Ed Lee signed the rules that retailers and growers need to get state permits.

The regulations were surprisingly tough for San Francisco to settle on, so the city will not be ready for recreational cannabis sales on New Year’s Day when adults can legally use it throughout California.

Members of the Chinese immigrant community opposed to recreational marijuana use had packed public meetings and called for stricter limits on where to place pot shops.

The legislation will take effect 30 days after the mayor signed it, so recreational marijuana sales could start Jan. 6.

San Francisco already has more than 40 authorized medical marijuana outlets that could start selling in 2018, though those businesses will still require state permits.

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