Glass jar full of Cannabis Sativa for sale at a market stall.
With cannabis deemed an essential service in California amid the Covid-19 crisis, dispensaries across the state have been able to keep their doors open. One cannabis retailer in the state is doing something extra special to help their customers in the midst of difficult economic times.
San Francisco’s Barbary Coast is now partnering with famous cannabis grower Mario Guzman to provide a “compassion” menu for those who have been hit hard economically by the current crisis. This means Barbary Coast is now offering eighths of cannabis, normally valued at $75, for a shockingly cheap $1. This deal is only meant to be taken advantage of by medical cannabis users. The retailer says it will be using the “honor system” to identify consumers who use cannabis medically, since many medical users haven’t legally enrolled in medical programs, and thus purchase their cannabis just like a recreational consumer would.
The reason why many medical cannabis consumers purchase their cannabis through recreational channels is due to the complications associated with enrolling in a legal medical cannabis program, which includes a fee, MD evaluation, application process and more. Therefore, many medical users have opted to take on the tax burdens themselves and purchase their cannabis like any other recreational user.
However, with shelter-in-place orders in effect and a growing number of Covid-19 cases across the country, leading to mass unemployment and economic hardship, many medical cannabis users in this cohort now have to make difficult budgeting choices, such as deciding between medical cannabis and other essentials like food.
Barbary Coast and Guzman are working to ensure their customers don’t have to make this choice. Starting today, on March 30th, Barbary Coast will be offering eighths of Guzman’s Sherbinskis branded Acai Berry flower for only $1. Since no proof of a legal medical card will be necessary, the team hopes that cannabis consumers will do the right thing and only take advantage of the deal if they use cannabis medicinally.
Barbary Coast is located at 952 Mission St, San Francisco. They are open between 8:00am and 8:00pm, and even offer delivery between 10:00am and 8:00pm every day.