San Francisco’s First Union Medical Marijuana Dispensary Opens — Finally

San Francisco may be a union town, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily easy for a union business to open up shop.

Especially if that business is a medical cannabis dispensary.

Nearly three-and-a-half years after Mission Organic Center first applied for its dispensary permit — or, in other words, three-and-a-half years after Eugene Popov first began paying rent on a dilapidated Outer Mission storefront — the union dispensary opened for business today.

If a nearly four-year waiting permit — the time necessary to navigate the permit process, survive a City Hall appeal, and then open for business — seems egregious, then consider this: Had it not been for support from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5, the entire enterprise may have failed.

– Read the entire article at San Francisco Weekly.