Most of the talk focuses on how this is going to help patients suffering from debilitating conditions like glaucoma and how likely it is that Johnny Ashcroft will roll into town and break up the party.
Important issues, sure, but aren't we forgetting something? Shouldn't we be asking if the stuff the city grows is going to be any better? When it comes to selection, quality, and prices, does Mark Leno really know best?
We're not sick, and, legally, not eligible to buy anything from pot clubs. But let's face it, the situation affects us, too. The trickledown theory of cannabis (also known as "voodoo potnomics") tells us that eventually the stuff from pot clubs comes into the hands of everyday Joes like us, through resales, charitable donations, and other workings of the pyramid drug economy.
Case in point. Recently, we came upon something that the black market never would have brought us: hash oil pills. The pretty orange capsules sold for the astonishingly low price of five for $25. And they were fabulous, we might add.
We acquired the pills from our connection, Angel, who possesses a cannabis club ID card ("It's pretty much like a Costco card," she says) due to ongoing back pain suffered from a car accident.
She shops at Mission Street Caregivers, at 1766 Mission. Because it only recently opened, she says, business has been far from brisk compared to other clubs she's been to. But judging from the shop's fabulous selection, that seems likely to change.
It's like being in Amsterdam. As Angel describes it, the THC-rich products include dozens of varieties, with names you've heard of, like Northern Lights, to names you might not have, like XXXX. The quality runs from top of the line ($60 for an eighth of kind bud) to south of the border ($15 for an eighth of swag), the latter of which, as we all know, can be hard to find in Northern California.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. They've got plants, little ones and big ones; seeds; hash oil in a jar; hash soaked in hash oil; hash kef; pre-rolled joints; lots of edibles including brownies and cookies; and marijuana tincture, which is pot soaked in alcohol that can be applied topically or used in tea.
It's all under a little glass case.
So, Mark Leno, you've got a lot to compete with. While we respect your desire to shelter this valuable service from the evil arms of the federal government, we just hope you maintain some quality control.