San Francisco’s Sunset District is on track to get its first cannabis dispensary, after the Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to quash two appeals from irate neighbors.
The 10-1 vote was viewed by many as a test for David Ho, a City Hall power broker who became a partner in the Barbary Coast cannabis shop that applied to open at 2161 Irving St.
Ho served as an emissary to a skeptical community of mostly older Chinese residents who blocked another Sunset dispensary from opening in October.
The five-hour double-appeal hearing for Barbary Coast came on the same day that the board passed new regulations designed to spread cannabis more evenly throughout the city. The laws, which were approved 10-1, signaled a remarkable shift from last month, when several supervisors tried to push the pot trade out of their districts.
Supervisor Katy Tang, who represents the Sunset, was the lone dissenter. She made a motion to reduce the shop’s hours for its first year of operation, then voted against it anyway.
“It’s not because I don’t personally support the project,” said