Cannabis Club Guide - Page 5

Cannabis Issue: Testing the tokes at Bay Area dispensaries


But I still liked this place, the only one in that stretch of Mission Street. The staff is very friendly and they seem to really know their products. Unlike many clubs that offer a few good deals, the only cheap weed here was Afgoo for $25 per eighth, less than half the price of most of the 13 varieties they offered. When I asked why it was so much cheaper, the bud tender explained that the buds weren't as tight or well-trimmed as the dispensary expects, although it still proved to be plenty strong and tasty.

Beyond the buds, Shambhala is also part head shop, selling lots of nice glass bongs, a display case filled with pipes, and rolling papers of all shapes and flavors. And while its selection of edibles is small, they do feature all of Auntie Dolores' yummy cookies and savory snacks, even displaying the pretzels, chili-lime peanuts, and caramel corn in large glass jars on the counter.

Once Shambhala finds its groove, it will be a solid addition to the city's dispensary network.

Prepackaged buds

Open since 2011

Price: Moderate

Selection: Limited buds, lots of paraphernalia

Ambiance: Clean, open, friendly

Smoke on site: No

Sketch factor: Low

Access/security: Tight



It's easy to overlook this place (1884 Market, SF), as I did last year when I first began to compile this guide. Nestled into the back of a wide sidewalk courtyard where Market meets Laguna just up the street from the LGBT Center, Market Street Cooperative has low-key signage and doesn't seem to do much advertising or outreach, particularly compared to marketing-savvy clubs such as the Vapor Room, Medithrive, and SPARC.

But the operators clearly know what they're doing, offering a wide product selection in a quiet, clean, no-nonsense environment. They offer a choice of buds for every taste and use, from the best high-end buds at a good price down to eighths for a dirt-cheap $18 and three different grades of shake, which many vaporizer users prefer over the tight buds that they need to grind themselves.

Access is limited to members, and the club insists on being able to verify the recommendation of users in a phone call to their doctors, a stricter standard that most clubs use and one that can get users turned away if their visit is after normal business hours (as they unapologetically did to my friend, the first time a club had denied him entry).

But once you're in, you're in, and this long-running club will take good care of you. 

Prepackaged buds

Opened in 1999

Price: Moderate with lots of good deals

Selection: High

Ambiance: Low-key and business-like

Smoke on site: No

Sketch factor: Very low

Access/security: Tight 



I wasn’t terribly impressed by ReLeaf (1284 Mission, SF) when I first reviewed the club in 2010, so at their owner’s request I returned recently to give them another look. They have definitely improved in both the feel of the club and its customer service, but it still suffers from some of the same shortcomings I noticed last year.

While they allow smoking on site, which is great, they don’t have any vaporizers or bongs on hand for patients to use, making it seem a little sketchy. The selection of buds is also fairly limited, with about a dozen varieties divided into two pricing tiers (although only a couple selections on each tier really looked and smelled great), and the clones they had on sale during my visit looked scraggly and sickly.


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 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.


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

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

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

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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