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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Medical Marijuana Crackdown: Come Mourn the Closure of the Vapor Room Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 at 8:21 AM

click to enlarge Another one bites the dust
  • Another one bites the dust

As we warned last week, the Vapor Room and Hopenet medical marijuana dispensaries were the feds' next victims in this crackdown on pot clubs -- and tonight the doors will close.

So here's your chance to grieve.

According to the Vapor Room's Facebook page, the dispensary will shut its doors at 9 p.m. sharp Afterward, friends, family, and fellow tokers are invited to the Otis Lounge to lament another pot club closure in San Francisco.

The Vapor Room Cooperative invites you to celebrate over 8 wonderful years of service to our members, the cannabis community and the City of San Francisco. Though we are forced to close our doors, we do so with heavy hearts and invite you to remember the good times with us. Our legendary lounge is closing at 9pm Tuesday, July 31st. Afterwards, we'll be celebrating and sharing stories with friends, family, colleagues & supporters at Otis Lounge at 10pm.

The two closures tonight will mark the seventh and eighth local pot clubs shut down by U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag in less than a year.

In both cases, landlords got the fatal letter Haag had been mailing to dispensaries, warning them of property seizures and decades-long prison terms if the dispensaries didn't close their doors. The Vapor Room says its Haight Street location is problematic because the feds consider it too close to the Duboce Park playground, and while Martin Olive, Vapor Room's executive director, told SF Weekly that he is "unsure" what path the business will take, HopeNet will go delivery-only starting Aug. 1.

Tomorrow, the Save Safe Access coalition will hold a mock funeral "in response to the outrageous federal assault on medical cannabis patients and providers." The march will begin at 4 p.m. at the corner of Haight and Steiner streets. Followed by a New Orleans-style marching band, protesters will carry faux coffins down Haight Street all the way to the Federal Building on Golden Gate Avenue. There, the coalition members will host a press conference, detailing how these pot club closures are hurting San Franciscans.

According to Safe Access, "San

Francisco has been a sanctuary for medical cannabis since 2000.

Unfortunately, safe access to medical cannabis is now in jeopardy,

unless we take action to save safe access in San Francisco."

See you tonight.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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