Barbary Coast, the Sunset's first cannabis dispensary, is open for business

Barbary Coast, the Sunset's first cannabis dispensary, is open for business

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Camden Avery
Published on October 25, 2019

Earlier this month, Barbary Coast opened the doors on the Sunset's first and only cannabis dispensary, Barbary Sunset (2161 Irving Street, at 22nd Avenue).

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.

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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.

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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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