San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 13, 2011
HopeNet, one of San Fransicso’s oldest and most trusted dispensaries, is happy to announce two significant steps in their mission to alleviate suffering through medicinal marijuana. Facility upgrades mean HopeNet is a safer, more inviting place, and extended hours mean more patients will be able to use the facility.
“HopeNet members are excited about the extended hours from 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. in San Francisco’s South of Market district (SOMA),” said Catherine Smith, spokesperson for HopeNet. “We really look forward to helping a large number of new people in our great new space and through our extended hours.”
Finding HopeNet open in the past has proven difficult, as most patients have busy work-days that overlapped with rush-hour traffic and their office hours. Opening earlier and staying open later in the evening will help patients avoid the rush and stress of getting their medication in a timely fashion, and hopefully offer just that much more of a relief when walking through HopeNet’s front door. A patient can now afford to spend 10-15 minutes and smoke a joint, relax, read or chat with others, and enjoy a cup of fresh water before heading back out onto 9th Street. Patients will also feel secure at night while inside and outside of HopeNet with improved lighting for extra security.
HopeNet has the Best Quality Cold Water Hash and Award Winning Marijuana. Edibles are Single and Double dose ranging from delicious flavored Hard Candies to Sliced Pound Cake. For Patients that are disabled or seriously ill, they can take advantage of HopeNet’s Free Medical Cannabis Delivery Service that covers San Francisco Bay Area. Patients can review the daily menu before placing an order at their convenience from home and have their medical marijuana within the hour.
At HopeNet, Medical Cannabis Patients can purchase medicine and medicate on-site at their leisure. Springtime brings a revitalized Zen Den at HopeNet, with the scent of fresh flora and water falling filling the air; while the 420 Lounge gets new furnishings and the ever-available assortment of smoking and vaporizing accessories.
City and State regulations require patients to have their I.D. and proof of recommendation on them at all times when visiting a dispensary. Only a verifiable doctor’s recommendations is valid at HopeNet Northern California.
Established by Catherine and Steve Smith in 1999 as a Doctors Referral Clinic and converted into a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) in 2002 to serve the needs of patients around the Bay Area, HopeNet has led the way in cannabis legislation, patient services, and neighborhood outreach.
HopeNet became politically active to better serve patients and help other MCDs and community resource centers serving the medical community by crafting fair legislation which looks out for the best interest of all.
San Francisco was one of the first cities to adopt formal regulations and came to HopeNet for guidance in crafting guidelines for the rest of the MCDs of the city. Steve and Cathy Smith worked closely with the Board of Supervisors during 2004 in writing the legislation for these regulations, eventually including other city departments in the process. This included working groups, one-on-one meetings, and town hall discussions with various aspects of city government; from the Police Department, to the Fire Department, Planning Department, Department of Building and Inspection, District Attorneys Office, Mayors Office for Disabilities, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and the Health Department which oversees the MCD program.
The regulations became official in 2005, and HopeNet was the first MCD to go through the newly crafted permitting process; again working hand in hand with the Health Department and other assorted San Francisco city departments in hashing out the practical difficulties of implementing the permitting process.
HopeNet still works closely with the Police Department and District Attorneys Office through working groups and aiding officers and command staff with staying current with cannabis legislation. They also continue to work with the San Francisco Fire Department on cultivation guidelines to help the city continue to be a safe place for both growers and residents to live and work.