Believe it or not, the term "marijuana business" is still a fresh one for vast swaths of our populace, even in a San Francisco where cash has been exchanged for cannabis -- with the state taking a cut via taxes -- for years.
And it's a sensitive one, too -- look no further than the fact that no sitting city politician would agree to be on a panel discussion of "The Business of Cannabis in San Francisco" scheduled for tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. Business is good, except when it's cannabusiness, apparently.
But author Heather Donahue, known for her role in The Blair Witch Project? She'll be there, as will a cannabis policy wonk and an expert on pot botany.
You should be there, too -- and you should be bringing questions, about
what Sacramento should do to regulate, about what San Francisco should
do to allow the industry to grow (or to cut it back).
It all goes down at 6:30 p.m on Thursday -- as in tomorrow. So make some plans at the offices of SPUR at 645 Mission Street. There is no cost. As in it's free.
We hear several sitting San Francisco politicians who deal with medical cannabis dispensaries in their districts were invited, but are unable to attend. So instead the panel consists of the aforementioned Ms. Donahue, who wrote about her experiences working in the Emerald Triangle in Growgirl.
Stephanie Tucker, who served as a legislative aide at City Hall and as a point person for the city's short-lived Medical Cannabis Task Force, and Matthew Cote, publisher of Cannabis Times magazine and an expert on cannabis pharmacology (as in, he can tell you what a strain that smells like, say, oranges will do for your anxiety or your depression).
And we'll be there, too -- talking taxes, permitting, and all the boring side of the business of medical marijuana. Send questions to email@example.com, and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you there.