A national cannabis retail chain has been cleared to open a new dispensary in San Francisco at a vacant storefront in Cow Hollow.

MedMen, a California-based company with a location in San Jose, recieved approval from the Planning Commission last week to open a location at 1861 Union St. No on-site consumption will be allowed.

The company’s latest location will be run by Malcolm Joshua Weitz, a Mission District native who was previously incarcerated for cannabis offenses.

Wietz partnered with MedMen to open the dispensary under San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program, which is intended to lower barriers for people impacted by cannabis criminalization and other criteria by waiving permit fees.

“The sacrifices that have led up to this point, my journey as a garage cannabis seller to a felon under unfair drug policies to political activist, to a legal cannabis entrepreneur, is my driving force,” Weitz told the Planning Commission. “Most importantly, I look forward to having a community impact and being known in our neighborhood, not only for selling quality and distinctive products but for being involved and a true partner of the Cow Hollow community.”

The dispensary is one of at least two that MedMen has proposed opening

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