Residents of the southern half of San Francisco – as well as Daly City and San Mateo – don’t have to schlep downtown anymore to get some top-notch medical grade cannabis. Seven-year-old delivery service The Green Cross finally opened a dispensary June 15 at 4218 Mission St. near I-280 and it is a treasure.
The Green Cross medical cannabis collective originally launched in 2004 in Noe Valley but was forced to close. In 2005, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted the Medical Cannabis Act and tasked the Department of Health with regulating the operation of such clubs. In 2006, TGC went delivery-only. With help from the Departments of Planning, Fire, Building, and the Mayor’s Office on Disability San Francisco, the City has become a global model, permitting more than two dozen medical cannabis storefronts, which continue to open despite harassment by federal officials.
The Green Cross founder Kevin Reed spent several years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to open the new Mission St. club, and it’s a testament to the power of effective regulation. This is no sketchy, unregulated L.A. pot shop. The Green Cross’ exterior is a subdued dark, forest green, and the signage on its frosted windows is equally tasteful. The club keeps the sidewalk in front of the store litter-free, and the extra security on the Outer Mission block increases neighborhood safety.
The dispensaries’ interior is pristine. Themed black and green, it has marble-like, shiny green epoxy flooring, black-painted walls, custom lighting and chrome accents. It’s not a huge space. The sign-in area has about four chairs in it. Joining takes just a few minutes with a valid doctor’s recommendation for cannabis and a current state ID. Security is deep and layered. Cameras record the exterior sidewalks and a friendly doorman checks documentation before they let you in. Cameras record everything inside as well, and beefy security ushered us into the main sales room, which is an elegant, air-conditioned, narrow space with four sales stations.
Each station is dominated by big, gorgeous glass jars of bud. The selection includes 36 strains, all of them are considered top-shelf and are on-sale at a special grand opening rate of $30 per eighth-ounce until July 24. That’s about half off the usual $60 for top-shelf eighths found elsewhere.
Friendly staff allow patients to smell the big bud jars, which is a great way to get a sense of potency and freshness. We’re no size queens, but The Green Cross appears to have some of the biggest, freshest-looking buds we’ve seen in the Bay Area.
For sativa-lovers, their huge Dream Queen cuts looked and smelled amazing and tested at a strong 16.5 percent THC. For less experienced patients, their outdoor-grown Cheese had a great nose and tests at the lower end of potency, 11 percent THC.
Indica lovers will enjoy their indoor Mendocino Afghan Goo, which smelled phenomenal and tested at a solid 15.7 percent THC. Their indoor SF county-grown Grape Ape had the fruity notes it’s famous for, and was strong at 18.1 percent THC. Even stronger was their Cookies which maxed out at 20.4 percent THC. They also have a solid cut of Platinum OG Kush grown indoors here in SF county with a very pungent bouquet of lemon pledge. For hybrid fans, their indoor Blue Dream is a great deal at $30 a bag.
The Green Cross’ concentrates are focused on dry-sieved keefs and cold water-sieved hashes, of which there are about 20. One tests as high as 46 percent THC.
For those who don’t want to smoke, The Green Cross also offers a huge menu of proprietary IncrediMeds edibles which are totally gourmet, and come in gluten-free, nut-free, vegan, and dairy-free varieties for delicate SF stomachs. Their Blueberry Lemondrop cookies were extra scrumptious, as were their futuristic gummies, and lozenges. TGC is also one of the few clubs who sells cannabutter, infused olive oil, and infused honey, so patients can make their own medicated foods. They also sell gel caps, tinctures, sprays and body balms.
New patient gift bags include a travel grinder, edible, j-tube and other goodies, which is very generous.
Bottom line: A longtime leader in medical cannabis delivery, The Green Cross now offers the best storefront experience south of the downtown area.