Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New San Francisco Dispensary Herbal Mission Takes Bernal Heights Up A Notch

By David Downs
Tue, Apr 10, 2012 at 2:12 PM

San Francisco medical cannabis patients, especially on the south side of town, have more options this week with the soft opening of Herbal Mission, at 3139 Mission St. off of Cesar Chavez. The newly permitted dispensary opened Tuesday, March 27 after years of planning, permitting and construction — not to mention the ongoing crackdown by the federal government. There's no Herbal Mission signage yet, but we couldn't miss the pastel green exterior and fisheye cameras.

Inside, the place has been built from the ground up to dispense cannabis, with two nicely styled wood-and-glass product examination counters in the center of the main room, and a checkout register nestled in the back wall. Eventually, they'll have a cafe in the front.

Herbal Mission was still working out the opening kinks last last month. Intake was smooth, but the point-of-sale system seemed new to the employees. There's no art, or music, or flatscreen menu monitors. And they had what we'd call the "dispensary starter pack" of strains: some Girl Scout Cookies, Lemon Haze, GDP, Blackberry Kush, Blue Dream, and about ten other popular names. Herbal Mission had just a smattering of concentrates and edibles, but they'll likely stock up quick.

For now, they're happy to finally be open. And we're happy to see some much-needed competition come to the southern half of San Francisco. Nearby Bernal Heights Collective is groovy but natty by comparison, with passable cannabis at so-so prices, dispensed by often-baked, lackadaisical cashiers. BHC's latest Yelp reviews savage the collective for this, and rightly so. Herbal Mission promises something much more professional and upscale, and we hope the new competition lifts all boats. Here's Herbal Mission's Facebook page — the best way to stay updated. (Photo: Mission Local)

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