The Plan

The Apothecarium – San Franciscos widely praised medical cannabis dispensary – proposes to open a second location at 2414 Lombard. We will operate as a licensed collective in compliance with all state and local laws. The interior of the facility will have an upscale contemporary design, which will capture the spirit of the Marina. The exterior will have a stylish yet non-descript frontage, without any advertisement for medical cannabis. Simply put, the exterior will display no cheap neon lights or depictions of marijuana leaves.

The Apothecarium at 2414 Lombard Street will serve the local patient community by providing a patient-focused dispensary that operates in an identical manner to our first dispensary located in Duboce Triangle. The organization will offer medical cannabis products produced by our collective, as well as medicine obtained from other patients with legal cultivation rights in the state of California. The dispensary will be staffed with educated professionals that provide in-depth consultations and product information to patients.

 

The SF Planning Department has praised the Apothecarium for its "community centered approach" and for showing how a dispensary "can successfully blend into the community."


The Apothecarium plans to help in beautification efforts in the immediate vicinity of the proposed location. In addition, we will sweep the outside sidewalk two times per day and prevent loitering and smoking within 100 feet of the facility. As we have with our Castro location, we have formed a Philanthropic Advisory Board to help us determine how our substantial quarterly donations should be directed for the benefit of the local community.


The City and County of San Francisco Proclaims

OCTOBER 1ST, 2015

THE APOTHECARIUM DAY

The City and County of San Francisco commended The Apothecarium for 4 years of operation, over $300,000 of philanthropic giving to local charities and organizations, and the invigoration of the local community. 

 
Everyone in the neighborhood loves the Apothecarium: their security
improves safety; their foot traffic increases business; their
philanthropy helps our community; and their upscale space sets a high standard. We’ve had no trouble from them — in truth, we need more businesses like the Apothecarium.”
— Daniel Bergerac, President, Castro Merchants & Owner, Mudpuppy's
 

The Apothecarium Castro

The Apothecarium is a licensed, full-service medical cannabis dispensary located in San Francisco's historic Castro district. We provide our members access to a wide variety of appropriately priced medication in a safe, well appointed setting. We offer a broad spectrum of medicinal options for our members, including flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. Our knowledgeable patient consultants are always available to assist our members in selecting the appropriate medicine for their needs. We are easily accessible by foot, bike, public transportation, or auto.

 

The Founders

Ryan Hudson

Executive Director

Mr. Hudson is a seasoned entrepreneur with an engineering and technical background.  He’s served in network engineer roles supporting large medical device and investment bank corporations.  His professional business acumen originates from his previous start-ups in the veterinary health, mobile app, and computer diagnostic arenas.  In a recent address to the house of representatives, Nevada Representative Dina Titus referred to Mr. Hudson as a "leader, expert and innovator," in the field of medical cannabis. Mr. Hudson is a board member of the Castro Merchants Association, California Cannabis Industry Association, and founded 1st Saturdays SF, a non-profit focused on helping the homeless in San Francisco.  Ryan attended San Francisco State University and has been a resident of this beautiful City since 2005.

Michael Thomsen

Chief Financial Officer

Michael graduated from the University of San Diego earning degrees in Business Administration and International Relations.  His professional career experience spans supply chain management and commercial real estate lending.  Mr. Thomsen is committed to community improvement and has solicited over $1.2M for the local United Way Chapter.  Through the Apothecarium’s Philanthropic Advisory Board, Mr. Thomsen has overseen donations of $200K to help non-profits and strengthen the community.  Michael lives in San Francisco.  While not working, you may find Michael on the rugby field or taking long walks around the city.

Jamie Shira

Director of Human Resources

With a background in Human Resource Management from Regent’s Business School in London, Mrs. Shira manages internal employee matters and leads the Apothecarium’s patient support program.  Prior to the Apothecarium, Mrs. Shira was a Human Resources analyst with a prominent Silicon Valley software company.  Jamie’s efforts have helped build a suite of positive support programs that are freely offered to the Apothecarium’s patients.  A Santa Cruz native, Mrs. Shira now lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and their newborn baby.

The Managers

Chase Chambers

General Manager

Chase graduated from The University of Texas with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts after completing advanced studio work in both installation sculpture and printmaking. Mr. Chambers has been an integral part of the Apothecarium since before the Castro location's June 2011 opening and holds over a decade of retail management experience. He has helped build the collective from the ground up, leading the management team that ensures it's overall success. His efforts have directly impacted the collectives ability to create jobs and give back to the community. Mr. Chambers is an active member of the Castro Merchants Association and also a Castro resident with his husband since 2012.

 

David Nguyen

Manager

David has been a thoroughly professional and knowledgable patient consultant at The Apothecarium since its inception in 2011. He quickly ascended the ranks to a management position with his hard work, attention to detail and patient-focused attitude. David ensures The Apothecarium runs smoothly by attending to staff, cultivators and patients. David is an avid sports fan and proud Oakland resident who enjoys and loves the locals and natives of San Francisco.   

 

Jonathan "JJ" Fabian

Director of Cultivation

JJ is an experienced scientist and medical cannabis advocate. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology with honors and was hired as a Lab Manager at the Mark M. Davis Laboratory at Stanford University. There JJ performed research in molecular immunology and cancer immunotherapy, building and cataloging an antibody database that helped further the production of novel cellular microarrays. JJ uses his keen awareness of the various requirements of different medical marijuana establishments to assist medical cannabis operators in building and maintaining their operations within the letter of State and local laws. 

Daniel Wacks

Director of Cultivation

Daniel Wacks has been a cannabis cultivator, patient and advocate since 2003.  He graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Studies.  Daniel wrote his thesis on HIV/AIDS education and held a key position with the South African government during the height of the AIDS pandemic, overseeing the implementation of the Peer Education Program in the most affected communities in the country.  Daniel has extensive experience designing, building and operating state-of-the-art cultivation facilities and navigating the complex regulatory and compliance issues unique to the legal cannabis industry.  

Philanthropy

The founders of The Apothecarium created the Philanthropic Advisory Board with the aim of benefitting the community around them. The Advisory Board assigns funds to local charities and non-profits in order to improve access to goods and services in local neighborhoods. 

Philanthropic Advisory Board

Alan Beach-Nelson

  Beach-Nelson serves as the President of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association where he applies his 22 years of experience of nonprofit and leadership experience. Beach is former Vice President of Development at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Deputy Director at the UCSF Institute for AIDS Research.

 

Beach-Nelson serves as the President of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association where he applies his 22 years of experience of nonprofit and leadership experience. Beach is former Vice President of Development at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Deputy Director at the UCSF Institute for AIDS Research.

Michelle Aldrich

  Aldrich is a local medical cannabis advocate celebrated for her recovery from advanced lung cancer via  cannabis oil therapy. She is a board member of California NORML and former member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force. 

 

Aldrich is a local medical cannabis advocate celebrated for her recovery from advanced lung cancer via  cannabis oil therapy. She is a board member of California NORML and former member of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Task Force. 

 DAvid Troupe

  Troupe serves as the President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Troup represents residents and businesses in this role and resides over monthly community meetings and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.      

 

Troupe serves as the President of the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association. Troup represents residents and businesses in this role and resides over monthly community meetings and publishes a bi-monthly newsletter.  

 

 

Troy Brunet

  Troy Brunet was the first African-American president of the San Francisco Castro Lions Club of Lions International. He had been involved with the Castro Lions for 7 years and has served as their first vice president for 2 1/2 of those years. Troy is currently the Lead for the Reading Glass Program at Project Homeless Connect.  Previously, he has also served on the board of Tenderloin Health, Community Housing Partnership, GGBA (Goldengate Business Association) and the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. Troy volunteers for the Aids Emergency Fund and Breast-Cancer Emergency Fund, the Stop AIDS Project, and AIDS Walk San Francisco. 

 

Troy Brunet was the first African-American president of the San Francisco Castro Lions Club of Lions International. He had been involved with the Castro Lions for 7 years and has served as their first vice president for 2 1/2 of those years. Troy is currently the Lead for the Reading Glass Program at Project Homeless Connect.  Previously, he has also served on the board of Tenderloin Health, Community Housing Partnership, GGBA (Goldengate Business Association) and the Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco. Troy volunteers for the Aids Emergency Fund and Breast-Cancer Emergency Fund, the Stop AIDS Project, and AIDS Walk San Francisco. 

Dr. Alice K. Charap

  Charap has lived and practiced chiropractic medicine in the Castro Neighborhood for over 25 years. She is a member of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro Association, The California Chiropractic Association and the San Francisco Chiropractic Society.

 

Charap has lived and practiced chiropractic medicine in the Castro Neighborhood for over 25 years. She is a member of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro Association, The California Chiropractic Association and the San Francisco Chiropractic Society.

DAvid Goldman & MICHAEL KOEHN

  Goldman and Koehn are public advocates and community organizers for the safe access to medical cannabis in California. Goldman, former Chair of Americans for Safe Access, now represents CAL NORML with Koehn at lectures,  conventions and other community events. 

 

Goldman and Koehn are public advocates and community organizers for the safe access to medical cannabis in California. Goldman, former Chair of Americans for Safe Access, now represents CAL NORML with Koehn at lectures,  conventions and other community events. 


Praise for the Philanthropic Advisory Board

I commend your dedication to the promotion of the Upper Market and Castro neighborhood. It is through the efforts of individuals such as you that ensure a brighter future for our community.”
— Mark Leno, California State Senator
The Numbers are very impressive, showing that their initial commitment to giving back to the community was not just platitudes to garner the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Associations support, but a real commitment. Over the past two and a half years The Apothecarium has given $234,000 in direct contributions as well as funding $190,000 in support group donations for a grand total of $424,000 or about $170,000 per year.”
— Alan R. Beach-Nelson, President of the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association
The Apothecarium, their medical cannabis dispensary in the Upper Market/Castro neighborhood, is an exemplary neighborhood business: professional run, contributing to its local neighborhood and generously donating to community-based non-profit agencies such as AIDS Emergency Fund.”
— Mike Smith, Executive Director Aids Emergency Fund
In addition to being a generous donator to our non-profit for years, Ryan has also been very supportive of our mission in creative ways beyond monetary contributions. Specifically he has encouraged his staff to consider volunteering at Maitri, has promoted Maitri among his customer base for support/awareness, has assisted us in obtaining a retractable awning to protect our residents from the elements when enjoying the patio, has attended our annual fundraising events as a major sponsor and has worked with our Program Director to explore the possibility of leveraging The Apothecarium’s resources from a programatic perspective.”
— Michael Smithwick, Executive Director of Maitri
On behalf of the students and staff of the San Francisco Unified School District, please accept our sincere thanks for your donation in September of 2013. This donation will be used for instructional supplies at Harvey Milk Elementary School at the discretion of the Principal. Your generous donation will assist The District in completing its goal of education.”
— Richard A. Carranza, Superintendent of Schools
I ... express my support for the Apothecarium proposed medical marijuana dispensatory in the Marina at 2414 Lombard St. I have both met with their principals, including Ryan Hudson, and attended their presentation at a Marina Community Association sponsored community meeting and based on these significant encounters enthusiastically endorse their project!”
— John Farrell, Marina Community Association Board Member
I am confident that establishing this facility on Lombard Street will add value to our community, benefit over 7000 District 2 residents, and help upgrade the commercial aspects of Lombard Street.
— Peter Fortune, Marina Community Association Board Member
On behalf of the Board of directors, staff, and most importantly, each and every one of the young people we reach out to, thank you for the recent generous gift made to Larkin Street Youth Services. We at Larkin Street are grateful for the investment made in our work that will help to ensure that homeless and runaway youth have every opportunity to pursue their dreams and leave street life for good.”
— Sherilyn Adams, Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services

Press

Congress Woman Dina Titus Visits The Apothecarium

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus during her tour of the Apothecarium 

Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus during her tour of the Apothecarium 

I visited a facility that is known as one that does it best in California. The Apothecarium, and it was very interesting to see just how professional it is. A lot of people like to make jokes about dope and getting stoned and all that. This was a very professional operation. Its agribussiness. It’s science. It’s health. The people working there had masters degrees in public health and chemistry. There was a lot of evidence that the neighborhood has gone up and not down as a result of it being there, because of all the security. It’s a legitimate business, and I was impressed to see that. That’s why I want us to do it right here in Nevada…standards like that.”
— US Congresswoman Dina Titus

Phone

Project Sponsor Ryan Hudson:

415-746-9001

Email

lombard@apothecariumSF.com

Address

2095 MARKET STREET

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94114

Store Hours

10AM - 9PM EVERYDAY


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