In 2016, California voters passed Proposition 64, allowing for the production and sale of adult-use cannabis; in San Francisco, 74% of voters approved this measure. In late 2017, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed ordinances governing the legal cannabis industry in San Francisco and establishing an Equity Program for cannabis businesses.
The Board also instructed the Controller’s Office to “track the number of permits awarded” and issue “a report that makes recommendations as to whether the issuance of Cannabis Business Permits should be subject to any numerical, geographical, or other limits.”1 In response to this legislative directive, this report:
1) identifies the number and type of cannabis businesses currently permitted and applications for cannabis business permits currently in queue; and
2) analyzes key indicators within the topic areas of Regulation, Equity, Economy, Public Safety and Public Health to recommend whether there should be any limits on cannabis permits. In consultation with the City Administrator’s Office, the Controller’s Office will provide a brief update in Fiscal Year 2020-21 to these findings and recommendations