Tag Archives: marijuana

SF Mission’s Shambhala reopens as recreational pot store

On Friday, politicians, merchants and stoners alike flowed into Shambhala for its grand opening as a recreational pot store. For Shambhala’s owner, Al Shawa, the road has been long and bumpy — starting first with a tense battle with the federal government and, more recently, his state license was withheld while other stores began sales Jan. 6. But today, that was...

The story of one SF Mission dispensary and how it beat the Feds

Update (1/8/18): On Monday afternoon, Shambhala received its state license to sell recreational cannabis to adults.  Six San Francisco dispensaries open their doors today for adults looking to imbibe on nugs, fatties, dabs, brownies — you name it — free of federal wrist-slapping.  The city gave seven dispensaries permission to seek a state license and begin adult recreational sales today. Two Mission District...

While the East Bay gets baked, SF waits to inhale

Five minutes after Love Shack opened its door at noon Monday, the doorman had already turned away more than 10 people wanting to buy marijuana for recreational use. Outside Purple Star MD, for about every three customers who flashed their medical license, one recreational aspirant was turned away. “Do you still need a card to get in here?” one young man...

With ad ban, Muni finds another way to siphon money from transit

For sure, Muni’s not keeping pot off the buses San Francisco’s misbegotten attempts to legislate legal pot in this city have, thus far, been a Judge Dredd moment. Just as in that film Sylvester Stallone “is just as bad as people who don’t like him say he is,” our city’s legislative torpor, neighborhood parochialism and capitulation to anti-marijuana zealots has been...

4/20 tokers shirk new regulations by taking weed fest to Dolores Park

Hundreds of 4/20 celebrants chose to avoid the increased security at Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park and observe the unsanctioned holiday – free of city-imposed restrictions – at Dolores Park. “I know Hippie Hill is the place to go on 4/20 but I heard this morning that police were checking IDs and stuff, and I’m not even going to...

To survive, SF Mission bar will transform into pot club

The Latino-centric bar Coronitas Bar and Grill, located where the Mission meets Bernal Heights, is in the process of trading in its liquor license for a medical marijuana permit in what it says is a bid to stay relevant in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “At this point, it’s unprofitable for us to continue with [Coronitas],” said owner Jorge Esparza, who...

Mission Eyes: 4/20 in Dolores

While Hippie Hill was crowded with revelers and getting trashed, Dolores Park was a haven for more laid-back cannabis consumers yesterday. It looked like it does on any other afternoon when Mission Local rolled up, but as the nominal hour approached, the park did fill with people and puffs of smoke. At 4:20 sharp, a cheer went up. Wafels were eaten,...

Talking Statues, Pot Smoking and PB&J

Seems like a slow local news night when Mission Mission is covered with images of goofy genital towels and SF Gate is focused on the Giants’ star pitcher, Tim Lincecum, smoking pot. Check out Rosa Ramirez’s article about SF City College’s innovative (if slightly creepy) statue installation touting the merits of two-year schools. Mayor Newsom’s headed back from Hawaii, apparently...