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May 21, 2016 8:45 AM

Looking for Kush Strains in San Francisco? Go to a Gun Shop!

After San Francisco's regulations were changed significantly, most local gun stores were forced to change their location and leave the town. High Bridge Arms, a gun store that opened back in 1952, was the last place of that kind left in San Francisco. But the latest changes in the local regulations that required the store to videotape all the gun sales and report every ammunition purchase to the police did not leave them any choice. In October 2015, the gun store closed for good. But as it turned out, the place may have a second life and even keep its name, or at least a part of it, by turning into a medical cannabis dispensary—High Bridge. So, if you are looking for some Popcorn Kush, soon you will be able to find it in the former gun store.

High Bridge is now pending approval by the San Francisco Planning Commission. The place is set to reopen this summer, but, in contrast to the other two dozens of San Francisco's dispensaries, High Bridge will adhere to a completely different policy. It is going to join the ranks of the local non-profit medical cannabis dispensaries.

The main goal of the place is to make medical cannabis affordable for the patients who cannot buy it in the regular for-profit weed dispensaries. It is going to offer the customers high-quality sativa, hybrid, and indica marijuana at the lowest price possible. Sean Keller, the founder of the non-profit dispensary, wants to change the way low-income patients receive their medical cannabis not only in his place but in the entire city as well.

We saw many initiatives that had one common purpose—lower the price of cannabis but keep its quality at the highest level possible. Some big dispensaries, like Berkeley Patients Group, have their own charitable programs meant to make medical marijuana accessible to a larger number of patients. So, if you are a Berkeley resident and your doctor prescribed you Popcorn weed for combating your depression or insomnia, you may try to get it for free.

Sometimes, medical marijuana patients refuse to buy weed in dispensaries and create a cooperative. It gives them both a possibility to lower the final price and a way to control the quality of their green medicine.

But Sean Keller wants to go beyond that—he is going to push the city to provide free medical marijuana for low-income residents. It can make high-quality medical cannabis accessible to all patients who need it, regardless their ability to pay for it. All that San Franciscans have to do is to show their support for the project and hope that local authorities will hear them.