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Cannabis Issue: Testing the tokes at Bay Area dispensaries

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Visitors to the Apothecarium are warmly greeted and seated in front of an extensive (and well-designed) menu, which an knowledgeable staffer patiently and enticingly walks you through, focusing exclusively on you and your needs. Once you finally find what you want, a large jar of your chosen buds emerge, and the employee uses long silver tweezers to place the prettiest ones on a display tray in front of you to inspect while he weighs out your choice of small or large buds with an air of showmanship.

2095 Market, SF

(415) 500-2620

www.apothecariumsf.com

Buds weighed on purchase

Opened in 2011

Price: High to low ("compassionately priced" strains available)

Selection: Large, extremely informative menu available

Ambiance: Looks like a fancy hair salon, hardwood floors and patterned wallpaper

Smoke on site: No

Sketch factor: Low

Access/security: Secure but easy access

 

1944 OCEAN COLLECTIVE

Despite a somewhat forbidding waiting room, this neighborhood dispensary on a mellow stretch of Ingleside's Ocean Avenue has a real family feel once you step onto the salesfloor.

I was in the market for edibles when I went to 1944, and chatted with the jocular sales staff about which available edible wouldn't give me couch lock or paranoia — a fully-functioning treat, as it were. My budtender pointed me towards a sativa-based peanut butter cookie with high potency, and then made me feel OK about our difficulty making a decision. "We're all stoners here," he laughed.

Once you make your selection among the edibles, flowers, and tinctures on offer, head to the back of the low-glitz, comfortably appointed room to give your money at the cash register. Head back to the bud counter to pick up your selection — if you're lucky you can grab a brownie bite, cup of tea, or apple from the buffet to assuage your munchies. There's even a sign that announces the dispensary's job counseling and resume writing classes. A somewhat cold exterior sure, but it belies a warm heart. (Reviewed by Caitlin Donohue)

1944 Ocean, SF.

(415) 239-4766

Buds weighed on purchase

Opened in 2004

Price: From cheap to high

Selection: Large

Ambiance: Comfortable seating, jovial staff, family feel

Smoke on site: No

Sketch factor: Forbidding waiting room, friendly inside

Access/security: Tight 



2011 REVIEWS

SPARC

The San Francisco Patient and Resource Center, or SPARC (1256 Mission, SF) immediately set a new standard for dispensaries when it opened last August, combining a stunningly beautiful facility with deep connections to the medical marijuana community and a strong commitment to taking care of patients and moving the movement forward.

Even the casual observer can see what a unique place this is. A selection of almost three dozen bud varietals is presented in the style of a Chinese apothecary, each strain laboratory-tested for strength and purity and labeled with THC and CBD levels. The facility was lovingly designed from scratch with state-of-the-art humidors and security systems, creating an environment that is warm, friendly, and secure, with more employees per customer than other clubs.

Comments

Great description of each club. My top three in no particular order
Hopenet-amazing hash
Green Door- great bud
Vapor Room-cool atmosphere.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

As the creator of this guide, I'd like to clarify that I did not update last year's reviews. But I am willing to do so for any clubs that request it by writing to me at steve@sfbg.com. Also, we will periodically be adding new clubs to the guide and possibly even including a gauge of bud quality, for which I'm currently working on developing a methodology. So bookmark this page and check back later.
Steven T. Jones
SFBG City Editor

Posted by steven on Jan. 27, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

To Steve,
If you are invited to review clubs and products in said clubs AND need a wingman, just let me know. I'm down to sample.

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Posted by Paulsey on Feb. 10, 2011 @ 5:55 am

Sparc is cool but i must point out that cheaper price's, equals less quality in the strain!

But don't get me wrong it's a great place! A bit to focused on it's image..
When it comes down to have been movement leaders for many years ,

"HELLO"! Hands down The Vapor Room!!
There would not be half as many collectives, here or anywhere if it wasn't for those guys!!
At times the staff seem a bit snippy, but tell me what service industry employee has never been pushed to that point on occasion? NoNe........
They care!
They're involved in City Hall decision making.
They give and help in neighborhood bettering , and they are liked in there Lower Haight Community if not Loved!!!!!!!!!!! ....VR....

Posted by Guest on Jun. 16, 2011 @ 12:20 am
lol

I totally ran in here by accident, but it's funny because when I was in San Fran I got a card and went to Green Door. It's the only dispensary I've been to but I thought it was awesome. I bought an ash tray.

Posted by gary on Jan. 15, 2012 @ 8:53 pm

haha, i was with my buddy in san francisco and we went to the green door. it's the only time i've been to a dispensary (being from canada), but i thought it was really cool and so forward thinking compared to us. i didn't buy anything, but was almost going to buy the pre-rolled j's for 5$, can't really beat that when you're on vacation!

Posted by 420 on Jan. 15, 2012 @ 8:57 pm
Re:

Why trying this, when you can relax yourself by having a beer with your friends?

Posted by Find a tradesman on Jan. 16, 2012 @ 4:42 am
Re:

Cannabis is sometimes safer than other 'regular' things, such as alcohol!

Posted by Demolition on Jan. 24, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

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