Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Retail & Industry
Published on May 14, 2024
Opening of Castro Cannabis Retailer Rose Mary Jane Unlikely Following Permit Cancellation; Peskin Campaign Office Moves InPhoto: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

The opening of cannabis retailer Rose Mary Jane at 2057 Market Street is unlikely after its application was canceled due to inactivity.

Hoodline broke the news of the new cannabis retailer opening just three doors away from long-established cannabis dispensary The Apothecarium, in a former nail salon space.

Rose Mary Jane was founded in 2019 by Oakland resident Erik Murray. The cannabis retailer currently has one location in Portland, Maine.


Rose Mary Jane was proposed at 2057 Market St., formerly Market Nail Spa. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

 

Murray and business partner John Underwood joined forces with a third business partner, Ed Donaldson, as part of the city's Office of Cannabis Equity Program. The program aims to lower the barrier for entry to the cannabis business for people who were arrested for cannabis-related offenses during the War on Drugs.

Donaldson, Murray, and Rose Mary Jane have not responded to repeated requests for comment over the past three years.

Rose Mary Jane's Oakland store closed last year amidst internal conflict over ownership and lawsuits between stakeholders.

Since applying for a conditional use permit in May 2022 there has been no movement at the location and permits have not been approved.


Rose Mary Jane founder Erik Murray (left). | Photo: Rose Mary Jane/Instagram

 

The cannabis industry has also gone through some uncertain financial times with multiple closures including the MedMen, which was at one time the largest pot shop franchise in the US.

San Francisco Office of Cannabis still has the application marked as "processing." When asked by Hoodline, spokesperson Angela Yip declined to comment on the current status.

In January, the San Francisco Planning Department issued Rose Mary Jane a "notice of cancellation."

"The request for a Building Permit Application for the address above has been incomplete and inactive for at least 11 months," the notice states. "We understand the last correspondence with the Equity Applicant took place with Planning Department Staff on February 8, 2023.  To date, the requested information has not been received."

Planning staff notified Rose Mary Jane it would close its case on February 22, 2024 if they did not contact the department.


Aaron Peskin's campaign headquarters opened last week. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline

 

SF Planning spokesperson Dan Sider tells Hoodline "the applicant didn’t respond to our letters and emails and ultimately didn’t respond to a Notice of Intent to Cancel. [E]arly last month the application was cancelled."

Following the cancellation, Sider says "the same applicant emailed our office earlier this month indicating that they wanted to restart the process." "We haven’t seen any applications — or any movement at all." As of publication, Sider says Rose Mary Jane has not responded.

While the space may not become a cannabis retailer, last week District 3 Supervisor and mayoral candidate Aaron Peskin opened his campaign headquarters on the second floor of the building.

Campaign staff tell Hoodline that the Peskin campaign plans to expand into the ground floor.