Delivery services and new dispensaries roll onto our annual Cannabis Club Guide update
When Medithrive opened as a dispensary in my Mission District neighborhood, it became one of my favorite clubs, so I was disappointed to see it shut down by threats from the federal government late last year. But it immediately reinvented itself as a delivery-only club, and it still retains the friendly service and large selection that first endeared me to it.
"It's definitely been a change for us, but if patients can handle the delivery thing, it ends up being better for everyone," said the employee who took my order: the Apocalypse Medi-Mix, a mix of high-quality small buds (better for vaporizers) for $40 for four grams. And because I was a newbie to its delivery service, they threw in a free joint.
I called at 3 p.m. and was told to expect delivery between 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. — and it actually showed up at 4 p.m. It wasn't a problem because I was working at home all afternoon, but I can imagine such a long arrival window wouldn't be ideal for some. And frankly, the buds were pretty dry, perhaps the result of not moving as much inventory as Medithrive is used to.
But on the whole, it's still a solid dispensary and a very friendly staff that's still worth using.
Opened in 2010
Price: Average with good deals
Delivery time: Fast but uncertain
Sketch factor: Low
Access: Secure but easy to use
FOGGY DAZE DELIVERY
This place pops up prominently when people Google marijuana delivery services in San Francisco, but other parts of its operation don't seem quite as tight as its search engine savvy. Even its readily available website, I learned while trying to order, has an outdated menu of available items. For what it actually offers, customers need to visit www.weedmaps.com, where the guy said the menu would quickly appear when I typed in "foggydaze," but it didn't.
Finally, I just asked him to recommend a good sativa strain, and he mentioned just two that they had in stock: Headband and Cheezle. Shooting in the dark, I went with an eighth of Cheezle for $45, and he offered me a new member gift of a joint or sample of equal or lesser priced weed. I opted for the joint because it just seemed easier at that point, particularly since my initial call went to voicemail and then I had to wait 45 minutes to get my information verified. An hour later (he said it would be 45 minutes), I had my weed.
Compared to the bad old days of ordering whatever my underground drug dealer had and jumping through whatever hoops he required, Foggy Daze is much better. But in the modern marijuana scene in this highly evolved city, Foggy Daze doesn't quite measure up as is.
Delivery time: OK, but slow on verification
Sketch factor: Medium
Access: Pretty good
It was only a matter of time before someone had the idea to really emphasize excellent personal service with high-end products in an elegant environment — but the folks at Apothecarium have done it in a way that really sets them apart from the rest of the pack. This place is an experience more than just a place to score weed, much the same way adventurous bars like Alembic aren't just about getting tipsy but appreciating just what a cocktail can become in the right hands.