SF's marijuana labor movement growing with new dispensary applicant – San Francisco Examiner


The site of San Francisco’s last gun shop that shuttered two years ago may turn into a medical marijuana dispensary.

The Bernal Heights Cooperative’s permit application to open for business as a medical marijuana dispensary is set to go before the Planning Commission today.

The proposed dispensary would occupy the commercial space formerly famous for being San Francisco’s last remaining gun shop, known as High Bridge Arms, at 3185 Mission St. The gun store closed when the Board of Supervisors added more restrictions on gun shops.

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The dispensary was displaced after the building where it operated out of since 2005 was sold, and a new dispensary that could pay more rent displaced it, according to dispensary applicant Sean Killen.

The tech software worker decided to enter the marijuana industry in 2015 by helping the cooperative. Killen said The City shouldn’t allow the permit to be transferred from one dispensary to another at the same location to prevent similar building sales, displacing long-term dispensaries.

“It’s been a work in progress ever since 2015 to just put it in a new home,” Killen said. That included paying $5,000 in rent for the former gun shop site since last year and also maintaining a site outside The City and offering a delivery service to longstanding patients.

The application is also among the first batch of dispensary applications to heard by the Planning Commission since voters approved Proposition 64 in November, which legalized adult recreational use of marijuana.

The application has another distinction. Killen on Tuesday signed an agreement, which was provided to the San Francisco Examiner, with United Food & Commercial Workers, Local 648, a local chapter of labor

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