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Delivery services and new dispensaries roll onto our annual Cannabis Club Guide update

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MEDITHRIVE

When Medithrive opened as a dispensary in my Mission District neighborhood, it became one of my favorite clubs, so I was disappointed to see it shut down by threats from the federal government late last year. But it immediately reinvented itself as a delivery-only club, and it still retains the friendly service and large selection that first endeared me to it.

"It's definitely been a change for us, but if patients can handle the delivery thing, it ends up being better for everyone," said the employee who took my order: the Apocalypse Medi-Mix, a mix of high-quality small buds (better for vaporizers) for $40 for four grams. And because I was a newbie to its delivery service, they threw in a free joint.

I called at 3 p.m. and was told to expect delivery between 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — and it actually showed up at 4 p.m. It wasn't a problem because I was working at home all afternoon, but I can imagine such a long arrival window wouldn't be ideal for some. And frankly, the buds were pretty dry, perhaps the result of not moving as much inventory as Medithrive is used to.

But on the whole, it's still a solid dispensary and a very friendly staff that's still worth using.

www.medithrive.com

(415) 562-MEDI

Opened in 2010

Price: Average with good deals

Selection: Large

Delivery time: Fast but uncertain

Sketch factor: Low

Access: Secure but easy to use

 

FOGGY DAZE DELIVERY

This place pops up prominently when people Google marijuana delivery services in San Francisco, but other parts of its operation don't seem quite as tight as its search engine savvy. Even its readily available website, I learned while trying to order, has an outdated menu of available items. For what it actually offers, customers need to visit www.weedmaps.com, where the guy said the menu would quickly appear when I typed in "foggydaze," but it didn't.

Finally, I just asked him to recommend a good sativa strain, and he mentioned just two that they had in stock: Headband and Cheezle. Shooting in the dark, I went with an eighth of Cheezle for $45, and he offered me a new member gift of a joint or sample of equal or lesser priced weed. I opted for the joint because it just seemed easier at that point, particularly since my initial call went to voicemail and then I had to wait 45 minutes to get my information verified. An hour later (he said it would be 45 minutes), I had my weed.

Compared to the bad old days of ordering whatever my underground drug dealer had and jumping through whatever hoops he required, Foggy Daze is much better. But in the modern marijuana scene in this highly evolved city, Foggy Daze doesn't quite measure up as is.

www.foggydazedelivery.com

(415) 200-7451

Price: Average

Selection: Small

Delivery time: OK, but slow on verification

Sketch factor: Medium

Access: Pretty good

 

 

DISPENSARIES

 

APOTHECARIUM

It was only a matter of time before someone had the idea to really emphasize excellent personal service with high-end products in an elegant environment — but the folks at Apothecarium have done it in a way that really sets them apart from the rest of the pack. This place is an experience more than just a place to score weed, much the same way adventurous bars like Alembic aren't just about getting tipsy but appreciating just what a cocktail can become in the right hands.

Comments

Note, in the above story, Steven Jones reviews a delivery service, Foggy Daze Delivery, a delivery service which does not have a permit to sell cannabis in San Francisco. I called the this delivery service and found out that they do not test their medicine, unlike many of the permitted SF MCDs do. I think it is unfortunate that the SF Bay Guardian would make a mockery of SF's Medical Cannabis Act, by reviewing medical cannabis delivery services which are not in compliance with the city's laws.

Posted by David Goldman on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 10:49 am

Reviewing non-permitted delivery services, or reviewing restaurants affiliated with the anti-worker, anti-healthcare, anti-San Francisco Golden Gate Restaurant Association? I'd argue that the latter does more harm.

Posted by Greg on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 11:50 am

Yes, look at the horror show that is the restaurant industry in the 5 surrounding counties

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 4:47 am

If you have a problem- it shouldn't be with the journalist-Really it should be with Foggy Daze--I was curious how someone could sell so openly without being registered so I went and had a look myself....

This is on their website in the FAQ's section:

Q: Is Medical Marijuana Delivery Legal?

A: Yes, Foggy Daze Delivery Service is a CA registered non-profit company operating in strict compliance with Califonia Health and Safety Code: 11362.5(B)(I)(A) & 11632.7(H). We are also registered with the City of San Francisco. Foggy Daze Delivery pays all of its taxes and so should you.

Posted by Guest Zebra on Jan. 25, 2012 @ 6:51 pm

All else being equal, I'd rather do business with a *non-permitted* business than one that jumped through a bunch of government hoops.

Not only do the costs of that hoop-jumping typically get passed along to the customer, but requiring businesspeople to bribe government with permit fees or risk getting shut down is wrong. This coercion kills jobs, hurts the economy, and limits customer choice.

So David Goldman's letter got me hopeful that there might be a solid, organized dispensary operating without permits. Unfortunately the statement from Foggy Daze's website is disappointing. Given the threat from tax collectors and other bullies, I can sort of understand them saying they pay all their taxes, but they add "and so should you". That crosses the line from simply trying to protect yourself against prosecution, to actively encouraging participation in a system based on aggression.

Posted by Starchild on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 1:47 am

wishful thinking? Maybe we need to stop taking taxes from the evil GGRA affiliated restaurants, lay off all their workers- who aren't slaves BTW- and turn to the pot barons for philanthropy?

Posted by Guest on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 3:14 am

Hardcore Libertarians like Starchild believe that free markets take care of everything, like magic. It's a faith-based belief with no evidence to support it, sorta like Santa Claus or Christ our Savior. But every Christmas, those presents show up under the tree, right? Who can argue with that? My advice: don't even try, you won't shake his belief and you'll drive yourself crazy in the process.

Posted by steven on Jan. 26, 2012 @ 11:10 am

This article is a joke. All I can say is, I wonder how much money Kevin Reed payed to get this joke of an article written. The Green Cross is the WORST dispensary in the city. They specialize in low quality product at top quality prices. Unbelieveable. Seriously, I will meet up with anybody who disputes this and put medicine from any other dispensary up against ANY flowers from the Green Cross.

It is easy to get awarded when you finance and put on the competition.

Shame on you SFBG. I thought you were better than that.

Posted by Guest on Jan. 30, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

Hmmmm... Sound suspiciously like a Green Cross competitor?!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 09, 2012 @ 3:52 pm