SF lawmakers pass ban on new smoke shops that sell paraphernalia used by pot smokers

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SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco lawmakers have agreed unanimously to put out new smoke shops that sell paraphernalia used by pot smokers in the heart of the city's one-time hippie district.
The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance Tuesday that places a three-year moratorium on new businesses in the Haight-Ashbury neighbourhood that sell the smoking equipment.
At least a dozen businesses sell rolling papers, roach clips and glass water pipes along Haight Street, a popular destination for tourists nostalgic for the Summer of Love. The ban does not affect existing shops.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi says the shops are crowding out other businesses that serve the needs of neighbourhood residents.
Mirkarimi claims the Haight's smoke shops have led to street dealing, loitering and littering.

Organizations: Board of Supervisors

Geographic location: SAN FRANCISCO, Haight-Ashbury, Haight Street

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