There’s a weed war engulfing San Francisco, and it sprung from our Chinese communities.
Ahead of the legalization of recreational cannabis in California beginning Jan. 1, a ban on pot shops has been floated for Chinatown. Members of the Board of Supervisors may vote as early as Monday to severely curtail the spread of dispensaries in each neighborhood they represent.
So how in the Sam Wo did our city, the bastion of liberal left-hood in the United States, which voted 74 percent for Proposition 64 to legalize cannabis, find ourselves amidst reefer madness?
The Chinese folks speaking at recent City Hall meetings are hoppin’ mad about Mary Jane — someone get them a joint, stat.
I’m told that China’s historical struggle, and subsequent war, stemming from widespread opium addiction plays a role in the opposition to cannabis.
But opium isn’t weed. The former has led to overdoses and deaths, the latter leads to too many munchies. The power brokers stirring anti-cannabis fervor in our neighborhoods know this, but as far as they’re concerned, why educate their communities when they can gain political points?
This fight isn’t only about the good green.
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