HopeNet is transitioning to a Full time Medical Cannabis Delivery Service Till Further Notice

Cathy and Steve Smith, owners of HopeNet continued to work with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to stay open after servicing medical patients for 9 years in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the DOJ is forcing us to close down by July 31st, 2012 in our current location at 223 9th Street.

However, our patients overwhelming support has inspired us to continue looking for another location and continue our services to the community. Until we find a permanent and safe location for our patients, we will be running a full-time delivery service to keep up with your medicinal needs.  It won’t be easy though; many other dispensaries are looking for a new location, and more landlords and their real estate agents are being cautious of doing business with collectives.  Even after nine years of service in San Francisco, we have a hard time getting our foot in the door!

With this in mind, HopeNet will be operating in the very near future as a full medical marijuana service delivery team.  We will be using our existing number at (415) 863 – 4399 and communicating with our patients through various social media outlets and our website: http://www.hopenetcompassion.org
We aim to continue building relationships with our patients and understanding their symptoms to make the appropriate recommendations for Medical Cannabis consumption.

If you know of a location that could work for HopeNet to continue operating as an Medical Cannabis Dispensary, please call Cathy Smith at 415-863-4399. We encourage our existing patients to try out our delivery service and give us feedback!

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SF United Protest Rally on Tuesday!

From CA NORML’s website:
SF United Protest Rally & Press Conference at 11:00am on Tuesday, April 3rd 2012!
We are going to send a clear message to the Federal government;
Stop interfering with State and local laws for safe access to our medicine!

We must unite as an organized and vocal community to push back against this senseless attack on our permitted dispensaries in San Francisco.
The Details
Protest Rally starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.
Press Conference is from 11:30 a.m. to Noon.
We march from City Hall to the Federal Building
at 450 Golden Gate Avenue at 12:30 p.m.
Confirmed Guest Speakers
San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano
San Francisco City Attorney; Dennis Herrera
Patient Advocates
Permitted MCD Operators
Dale Gieringer – CANORML
Steph Sherer – ASA
More speakers are confirming their support now!
Please join SF United and City Hall Officials on the Polk street steps of City Hall to stand in support of the San Francisco Medical Cannabis Program. We would love to see you all there. If you can, please bring water, snacks and sunscreen to share with your fellow activists.

HopeNet will also be there to help spread the message!

The federal government is “cracking down” on HopeNet!

In a rare display of disregard for the rights of patients and states as a whole, the federal government is “cracking down” on HopeNet!

After operating in the community for over eight years, serving members of our cooperative through good times and bad, and helping to keep the neighborhood safe; our landlord recieved a letter from the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag’s office. An abridged version of the letter says that HopeNet is too close to a school. Within a thousand feet of Presidio Knolls to be exact. Which is news to HopeNet and the City of San Francisco, as Presidio Knolls moved into the neighborhood three years ago without an inkling to their existence since.

We’re understandably concerned by this, since this sort of action by the federal government is in no way a sign of good faith to the voters of California or the American tax payers as a whole. And it endangers our patients and their medication! So we’re going to tell them what we think about it. In letter form, in phone calls, in media here in San Francisco and abroad. Our elected officials were voted into office by we the people. They should be held as accountable with the officials they appointed.

So let’s remind the appointmented U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California, Melinda Haag, that we the people shouldn’t be tread on and abused for the sake of empty laws and poorly spent tax dollars. Join HopeNet in the coming weeks as we get back to our roots and help our patients voices be heard.

San Francisco Medical Cannabis Dispensary Rules and Regulation Updates

We’d like to notify you of the new San Francisco Department of Public Health rules regarding licensed medical cannabis dispensaries.

The requirements are:

  1. We operate in a not-for-profit manner.
  2. All medical cannabis distributed at our facility is from California.
  3. All activities related to the cultivation of medical cannabis conducted by our MCD in San Francisco comply with applicable State and local laws including, but not limited to, building codes and planning codes.
  4. All medical cannabis distributed at our MCD, including medical cannabis in edible form, has been cultivated by our MCD or our members individually.
  5. All edible medical cannabis products are produced by our MCD, or our members.

HopeNet gladly follows all San Francisco Department of Health Rules and Regulations for MCDs in San Francisco.

Please Note:
Members of medical cannabis dispensaries (MCD) that make edible cannabis products distributed through an MCD are required to obtain certification as a food handler if the product requires refrigeration or freezing in order to control bacterial growth. A copy of the certificate must be available at the dispensary where the products are distributed.

Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program – San Francisco, California