San Francisco Weighs Ban On New Head Shops

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Counterculture tourists who make their way
to San Francisco's Haight district can still find everything from
tie-dyed T-shirts to pot-smoking paraphernalia. But one city leader
would like them to see less of the latter.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is proposing a three-year moratorium
on new head shops, which sell roach clips, rolling papers and
hand-blown glass water pipes that have proliferated on Haight
Street.

There already are at least a dozen operating in a six-block
area.

Mirkarimi has no problem with pot per se; in fact, he supports
the decriminalization of weed, and he doesn't want to run all head
shops out.

But he said an overdose of them has led to drug sales,
loitering, littering and other problems. He says the area needs
more places for locals to buy groceries or rent DVDs instead.

The Board of Supervisors could take up the head shop moratorium
next month.


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