It was hard for Tiffany Wu to tell her conservative, first-generation Chinese American parents she was quitting her high-paying job at a Silicon Valley law firm. It was even harder for the Harvard Law School grad to tell them that she was quitting so she could advise clients in the cannabis industry — and that she smokes weed regularly. Are you a drug dealer? What are people going to think of us? What are they going to think of our family when you are so open about this? Both women are in their late 20s and say their experience is common among their peers, reflective of a huge generation gap in the Asian American community when it comes toward attitudes about cannabis.
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Floyd Huen was there to talk to business owners and other community members about a cannabis dispensary he planned to open in their neighborhood. But as he began to speak, the protesters interjected. Their shouting got so loud that Huen had no choice but to leave, barely uttering a word. Most of the protesters were residents of the heavily Chinese American Sunset District, the future location of the dispensary—the Apothecarium Sunset—approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission in July and expected to open next year. Residents had blocked earlier attempts to open dispensaries in the neighborhood; as of mid-July, the city had around 40 permitted dispensaries, none of them in the Sunset District, according to The San Francisco Examiner.