While a countless number of citizens across the United States and the world face underemployment, furloughs and termination due to closures caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, businesses have had to begin to take adaptive measures both to stay afloat and continue to attract customers. In San Francisco, California, a dispensary, in partnership with a well-known cannabis advocate and Sacramento local, has started offering a new ‘compassion’ menu for those in need of medical cannabis products.
The state of California legalized medical cannabis in 1996, establishing a program that exempted patients from taxes on their purchases. However, since recreational marijuana was legalized in the state with Proposition 64 in 2018, many medical patients have opted for buying from the recreational market as opposed to going through the process to obtain official medical documentation.
With unemployment surging throughout the United States and President Trump, at yesterday’s daily Coronavirus Task Force press briefing, extending social distancing guidelines until at least April 30, many medical cannabis patients are having to decide whether to buy either their crucial medications or other household necessities.
Mario Guzman, acclaimed entrepreneur and marijuana grower, has teamed up with Barbary Coast to offer a special line of products geared toward patients looking for affordable medicinal products during the ongoing crisis. Guzman is known for creating two revered strains of cannabis: Gelato and Sunset Sherbert. He now operates Sherbinskis, a clothing brand and dispensary location in Los Angeles.
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Working with our friends at @sherbinskis to make sure everyone has access to affordable medicine during these tough financial times. If you happen to be in the neighborhood, mention the “Sherbinskis in place” compassion deal to your budtender. However, we highly suggest using our new delivery service (which now includes parts of the Peninsula) to practice social distancing as well as our shelter in place. Limit one Sherbinskis deal per customer, while supplies last! Be smart, be safe. Love you all!
“San Francisco set the tone for the world when it comes to providing cannabis and compassion to the cannabis community,” Guzman said. “Some of the first dispensaries in the world started here. Barbary Coast is part of that inner thread, as is Sherbinskis. Together, we have joined our efforts to show some love in the best way we know how: sharing flowers.”
On Monday, Barbary Coast began the sale of eighths (1/8th of an ounce) of Sherbinskis’ Acai Berry indoor-grown flower for $1. Eighths of the strain usually sell for $75. The dispensary has also chosen to operate on an honor system rather than require guests to provide proof of being a medical patient.
“We’re excited to partner with Sherbinskis on this amazing promotion,” said Jesse Henry, co-founder and CEO of Barbary Coast. “Right now, people are scared and struggling to get by, so it’s vital we provide help, hope and hugs to our community. Let’s give some relief during this difficult and unprecedented crisis.”
By noon on the same day, Barbary Coast reported having given out their entire stock of Sherbinskis Acai Berry eighths. A limited amount of eighths were extended to the dispensary’s online delivery orders.
“We highly suggest using our new delivery service (which now includes parts of the Peninsula) to practice social distancing as well as our shelter in place,” says Barbary Coast. “Also, we still have some amazing compassion deals on our menu, so make sure you take a look to see our current offerings.”