Cannabis aficionados who’ve visited dispensaries in both Northern and Southern California are well aware that the offerings can be very different. Now, a Los Angeles-based dispensary has arrived in SoMa, with the goal of introducing new products from Southern California to the local market.
Project Cannabis SoMa, which opened last week at 761 Bryant St. (at Sixth Street), is a partnership between the company of the same name (which has three L.A. locations) and a trio of longtime San Francisco residents.
The project represents nearly four years of planning. John Delaplane, Quentin Platt and Joe Reiss first signed the lease on the Bryant Street space in 2016, and earned Planning Commission Approval for their Article 33 medical cannabis license in August 2017. But the November 2016 passage of Proposition 64 allowing for statewide recreational cannabis sales, and San Francisco’s efforts to implement it, threw their plans into flux.
San Francisco passed an ordinance in late 2017 rendering Article 33 licenses invalid once a dispensary applies for a new cannabis business permit under Article 16 of the Police Code, or on December 31, 2019, whichever is earlier.
Since Delaplane and his partners had already received SF Planning Commission approval before the new ordinance took effect, they were eligible to receive a temporary permit amendment to sell adult use cannabis under their Article 33 medical cannabis dispensary permit.
“We are excited to be open after such a long time coming,” Delaplane said.
Project Cannabis SoMa employees at the store’s soft opening on August 21.
Though their dispensary has been in the works since 2015, the three partners only started discussions with North Hollywood-based Project Cannabis about nine months ago. The company is vertically integrated, growing and producing many of its own products and brands.
Project Cannabis SoMa aims to reflect the best of the State of