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.



  1. Capital G on

    It is good to see that that an organization that can be a great voice ,for the people having their rights stomped on, did involve itself in this issue and help this dispensary finally get started( Good Luck! by the way). I remember having my job on the line because of the lies of a member of staff, and if it weren’t for my Union( good ole steelworkers ) I would have been much longer getting my job back, if I had gotten it back at all. I certainly know that a Union is only as good as its members, and their desire to stand up for themselves. I would love to see the Unions even make a difference with the legalization/decriminalization issue, but that is just a thought.

    Take Care.

  2. Anonymous on

    These guys want to keep it illegal to “non-profit” from cannabis in a major way! LEGALIZE IT.