Five cannabis dispensaries proposed for city's northeast

Last month, the city's Office of Cannabis began accepting applications for new marijuana-related businesses seeking to operate in San Francisco.

Of thirty-one applications received, four applicants aim to open businesses in North Beach, with one potential new entrepreneur considering a storefront in Fisherman's Wharf. 

This year, the office is only considering equity applicants and incubators, an effort intended to mitigate the War on Drugs' disproportional impact on certain communities. For individual applicants, criteria can include a previous arrest or conviction for a cannabis-related violation, earning less than 80 percent of area median income, or being housing-insecure.

Here's what we've learned about each proposed business seeking to open in the city's northeast.

580 Green St. | Photo: Google

North Beach Equity LLC (580 Green St.)

Medical and adult use

An entity called North Beach Equity LLC has filed an application to open a medical and adult-use dispensary at the former CitiBank building at 580 Green St. (at Columbus Avenue), which shuttered in 2016. 

Several businesses have considered taking over the vacant space since the building was put on the market for $5.5 million. In 2016, the Beat Museum launched a campaign to raise funds to open a Beat Hotel and companion café at the location.

However, those plans were scrapped after North East Medical Services (NEMS), which has offices next door, started the process of buying the building to open a facility that would offer radiology services. 

According to public records, NEMS applied for a permit to "allow a medical use establishment that exceeds the maximum allowable use size," which was ultimately denied by the Planning Commission in October 2017.

Because NEMS would be the new cannabis dispensary's landlord, we reached out to Johnson Wong, the company's CFO, for more information, but have not heard back as of press time. 

1234 Grant Ave. | Photo: Google

Authentic 415 #4 (1234 Grant Avenue)

Medical retail, adult use for delivery only

Authentic 415 has applied to open a dispensary at 1234 Grant Ave., located between restaurant Tamarind Hall at 1268 Grant Ave and The Saloon at 1232 Grant Ave.

The same business appears to have applied for permits at 165 Mississippi St. in Potrero Hill and at 180 O'Farrell St. in Union Square as well. 

According to the application, Authentic 415 will serve only medical patients at the facility and offer delivery service to recreational adult users and medical card holders. 

1335 Grant Ave. | Photo: Google

Barbary Coast North Beach (1335 Grant Ave.)

Medical and adult use

Barbary Coast Collective, which has its flagship at 952 Mission St. in the Mission, has filed an application to expand to Grant Avenue in the former Chong's Barber & Beauty Shop space, which relocated to 1003 Powell St. earlier this year. 

Barbary Coast's Mission location features a dab bar and lounge, where patients and customers can imbibe onsite in "a safe and relaxing environment, where you can focus on your health," according to its website. But due to the size of the Grant Avenue space, it's not clear if there will be room for such a lounge, if approved. 

312 Columbus Ave. | Photo: Google

Crazed Caribou (312 Columbus Ave.)

Medical and adult use

Public records indicate that Crazed Caribou LLC was formed earlier this year and has applied for a permit to operate a medical and adult use dispensary at 312 Columbus Ave., which is currently occupied by adult entertainment venue Little Darlings

However, an address linked to the newly formed LLC is for 2209 Polk St., the same address for Russian Hill watering hole, Bullitt

Duncan Ley, one of Bullitt's owners, told Hoodline via telephone that he's in talks with Little Darlings owner Joe Carouba about a cannabis collaboration project. Ley wasn't able to elaborate on details, as "so much is up in the air with this process."

"It's never been done before," he said, referring to the equity applicant process. 

155 Jefferson St. | Photo: Google

Wharf Kush (155 Jefferson St.)

Medical and adult use

Lastly, Wharf Kush has applied to operate a medical and adult use dispensary along Jefferson Street in Fisherman's Wharf at the SF Smoke N Vape shop. 

So far, the tourist-heavy neighborhood has not been favorable to proposed cannabis dispensaries.

As we reported in 2015, a dispensary called KRINZE was looking to open at 2627 Taylor St. (between Beach and North Point), but was opposed by neighborhood organizations such as the Fisherman’s Wharf CBD and Fisherman’s Wharf Merchant’s Association. Later that year, the Planning Commission denied its application

We've reached out to the Office for Cannabis and a spokesperson for District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin, who represents North Beach, for comment.

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