The opening comes nearly two years after the Board of Supervisors approved Barbary Coast's operation of the space as a cannabis dispensary (then medical), in a 10-1 vote, with Sunset District Supervisor Katy Tang opposing.
That ruling closely followed the rejection of a similar proposal from the Apothecarium to operate out of 2505 Noriega Street, and was later the genesis of a corruption lawsuit against the city.
The lawsuit, filed by the Apothecarium and would-be owner Jean Quan, formerly the mayor of Oakland, alleges that the Board's approval of Barbary Coast's proposal just months after it rejected a similar proposal by the Apothecarium — and approved in spite of nearly identical community appeals against the plan — was only thanks to the tens of thousands of dollars donated to supervisors' campaigns by Barbary Coast co-owner David Ho.
For scale, Barbary Coast's contributions to individual supervisors and Mayor Breed clocked in at around $75,000, according to the suit — roughly twenty times more than the Apothecarium's $3,750. (That suit is still pending.)
With months of legwork both before and after that approval, Barbary Coast first announced plans of a fall 2019 opening earlier this summer.
Barbary Sunset offers an array of cannabis-related products, though the permit at its current space doesn't allow for on-site consumption, as it does in the Barbary Coast Collective lounge in SoMa.
Employees at the shop said it's still in the "soft opening" phase of business, with a grand opening celebration Friday, November 1 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. that will involve DJs, music, and more.
The store is also open for online ordering, and conducts business on-site from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily.
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