This year will be a great year for recreational cannabis sales, as The Apothecarium has launched the now sellable portion of their business to the masses.
“Alright, let’s sell some marijuana,” echoed store manager Michael Caruso as he declared the doors opened roughly before 11 a.m. If you haven’t been too aware, California passed the bill to make cannabis and marijuana products legal for recreational use in San Francisco and beyond. It’s so exciting to see business blossom for those who work in the industry. After delays, the Board of Supervisors approved regulations for recreational sale in November 2017, including a 600-foot buffer zone between stores and schools. Late Mayor Ed Lee gave the green light for the new legal framework at the beginning of December before his pass.
Due to tight delays with city permits and the legislation making its way to the bay, the city finally started qualifying permits to the first 6 dispenses in SF. Among these shops was The Apothecarium’s Castro location, where customers lined up after they opened Saturday morning. Whoa.
And for those who are wondering about who’s currently selling recreationally, according to state documents, The Green Cross (4218 Mission St.), Medithrive (1933 Mission St.), ReLeaf Herbal Cooperative (1284 Mission St.), Harvest on Geary (4811 Geary Blvd.), Grass Roots (1077 Post St.) also received licenses.
On Janurary 8th, Shambhala Healing Center (2441 Mission St.) followed, while The Apothecarium’s Marina location was added to the list Wednesday, together with its SoMa dispensary at 527 Howard St.
Congrats to all the businesses for paving way for a bright new industry.
// Header photo by Teresa Hammerl