August 1st will from now on be an ominous day for medical marijuana in San Francisco. It will be the first day our city will be without two of our pioneering dispensaries, The Vapor Room and HopeNet, which have paved the way for collectives such as ours, The Apothecarium.
When The Apothecarium opened its doors, it was to add to the wonderful and diverse selection of medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco. Just as patients get to choose from the vast options of traditional pharmacies, clinics, physicians and hospitals, the collectives, activists, and city officials involved with our community in San Francisco founded and supported their own networks of clubs to create the same sort of options and choices for medical cannabis patients. Forerunners include The Vapor Room and HopeNet, and they will be greatly missed.
Both dispensaries have also been continuously involved with its local neighborhood and the city. Contributions to important organizations, community groups, and charities were part of their business model. The Apothecarium followed in these footsteps, and we are grateful for these two organizations for paving the way.
These two dispensaries were also havens for many patients who could not medicate in their own home. They provided a place to safely medicate and to also socialize with other patients. The city and its patients are now deprived from access to such locations with their closure, and we hope that new solutions will arise in the midst of this crackdown. Although at The Apothecarium we do not allow medicating onsite, we all understand the importance of such locations and we also express grief at this loss.
We all are saddened by the outcomes of the current crackdown in our community. We understand the frustration that comes about from these types of experiences, but we remind everyone to stay focused and positive. The Apothecarium hopes to see many of you involved with the community to demonstrate its strength and unity. Proposition 215 began in San Francisco because the community organized itself and stayed focus on a common goal. We are again faced with a similar situation; we must support our community and keep going forward. Your involvement can be as great as speaking with officials in Sacramento, becoming an active member of Americans for Safe Access, or as little as continuing to patronize your local dispensary.
We must all stick together and fight the just fight.