§ 3307.

ISSUANCE OF MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY PERMIT

a.

Within 14 days following a hearing, the Director shall either issue a provisional permit or mail a written statement of his or her reasons for denial thereof to the applicant.

b.

In recommending the granting or denying of a provisional permit and in granting or denying the same, the Director shall give particular consideration to the capacity, capitalization, complaint history of the applicant and any other factors that in their discretion he or she deems necessary to the peace and order and welfare of the public. In addition, prior to granting a provisional permit, the Director shall review criminal history information provided by the Department of Justice for the purpose of certifying that each person applying for the permit and any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary has not been convicted of a violent felony within the State of California, as defined in Penal Code section 667.5(c), or a crime that would have constituted a violent felony as defined in Penal Code section 667.5(c) if committed within the State of California. However, the Director may certify and issue a medical cannabis dispensary provisional permit to any individual convicted of such a crime if the Director finds that the conviction occurred at least five years prior to the date of the permit application or more than three years have passed from the date of the termination of a penalty for such conviction to the date of the permit application and, that no subsequent felony convictions of any nature have occurred.

c.

No medical cannabis dispensary provisional permit shall be issued if the Director finds:

1.

That the applicant has provided materially false documents or testimony; or

2.

That the applicant has not complied fully with the provisions of this Article; or

3.

That the operation as proposed by the applicant, if permitted, would not have complied will all applicable laws, including, but not limited to, the Building, Planning, Housing, Police, Fire, and Health Codes of the City, including the provisions of this Article and regulations issued by the Director pursuant to this Article; or

4.

That the permit applicant or any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary has been convicted of a violent felony as defined in Penal Code section 667.5(c) within the State of California or a crime that would have constituted a violent felony as defined in Penal Code section 667.5(c) if committed within the State of California. However, the Director may issue a medical cannabis dispensary provisional permit to any individual convicted of such a crime if the Director finds that the conviction occurred at least five years prior to the date of the permit application or more than three years have passed from the date of the termination of a penalty for such conviction to the date of the permit application and, that no subsequent felony convictions of any nature have occurred; or

5.

That a permit for the operation of a medical cannabis dispensary, which permit had been issued to the applicant or to any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary, has been revoked, unless more than five years have passed from the date of the revocation to the date of the application; or

6.

That the City has revoked a permit for the operation of a business in the City which permit had been issued to the applicant or to any other person who will be engaged in the management of the medical cannabis dispensary unless more than five years have passed from the date of the application to the date of the revocation.

d.

Applicants with provisional permits shall secure a Certificate of Final Completion and Occupancy as defined in San Francisco Building Code Section 307 and present it to the Director, and the Director shall issue the applicant a final permit.

e.

The Director shall notify the Police Department of all approved permit applications.

f.

The final permit shall contain the following language: “Issuance of this permit by the City and County of San Francisco is not intended to and does not authorize the violation of State or Federal law.”

History

(Added by Ord. 275-05, File No. 051250, App. 11/30/2005; Ord. 225-06, File No. 060032, Effective without the signature of the Mayor; Ord. 225-07, File No. 070667, App. 10/2/2007)

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