Addressing a popular medical cannabis edibles event, San Francisco city officials have banned the “Get Baked Sale” from selling marijuana during its next scheduled iteration, slated for next month.
Last month, edibles vendors like Aunt Dolores and Madame Munchie sold cannabis-laced macaroons, pancakes, cookies, drinks and other treats in the SoMa Streat Food Park at the “Get Baked Sale,” a celebration of edible marijuana in various shapes and forms.
The First “Get Baked Sale” Was Remarkable Enough To Be Covered In Both The New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle. With that momentum, a second event – dubbed “Pot Luck” – was scheduled for August 1, but now it looks like there won’t be a sequel.
The sale organizers say they are considering moving the event outside of San Francisco after regulators from the city’s Department of Health informed them that something was illegal during the first event.
Unsurprisingly, this didn’t sit well with event organizers, who were already selling tickets for an event scheduled for August 1.
“They told me we couldn’t hold the event,” said Jared Stratton, one of the organizers. “They’re talking shit. I don’t know what they think.”
In particular, the ability of vendors to sell cannabis directly to medical cannabis patients appears to be problematic.
In San Francisco, the sale of medical marijuana to a group of ten or more people requires a medical cannabis dispensary license, which costs several thousand dollars.
It’s not clear if the first Get Baked Sale had a pharmacy that acted as a sponsor, but in a letter to the city’s pharmacies sent last week, an inspector from the city’s health department informed sellers that if they participate to the second Get Baked Sale, they will no longer be allowed to sell their wares in MCDs in San Francisco in the future.
That was enough to effectively squash the event.
Other marijuana pop-up events, such as the High Society pop-ups that have drawn concentrate makers and pre-roll manufacturers to an art space in South of Market, have also canceled future plans in the wake of this development.
A switch in the staff of the GGD can be the key here. The health department staffer who oversaw last month’s event has left the department. Superintendent Larry Kessler, who sent the warning letter last week, took over oversight of the Department of Health’s medical cannabis dispensaries on July 1.
Kessler is familiar with the medical cannabis industry in San Francisco: he was the inspector of the MCD program for a number of years before taking on other duties a few years ago.
Now he’s back, and apparently that’s a problem.
In previous comments on the Chronicle, organizer Morgan Kelly insisted that the first event had Department of Health approval.
“Everyone came prepared and the planning went smoothly,” Kelly said, pointing out that there were no police officers at the event. “We knew the laws, followed them completely and had permission from the (city) health service. Only cardholders can purchase products, so we made sure there were two doctors on site for those who didn’t have a “medical marijuana card.”
In an interview with SF Evergreen on Monday, Kessler says he has “no idea what happened in June” at the first event.
“I told him that based on his description, I didn’t think it was in accordance with state law,” he said, “and that he may have been setting the whole thing up to circumvent local law.”
It concerns the provision above that limits the distribution of marijuana to nine or fewer people unless an MCD license is obtained.
It appears that in response, Stratton threatened to set up “hundreds” of collectives with nine or fewer people. In response, Kessler told San Francisco’s permitted MCDs that merchants who chose to go that route would not be able to sell their drugs in those permitted MCDs.
Here’s Kessler’s email to the city’s pharmacies.
Dear SF-MCD operators, there seems to be an event planned in SF, the getbakedsale. This is the website; http://www.getbakedsale.com/
As a reminder, authorized MCDs may only provide medicinal cannabis to their members at their authorized location, or as delivery to their home or workplace.
Attached is an up-to-date list from the above website regarding “vendors” who, according to the event sponsor, will sign their own collective membership to this event and distribute it directly to them. Since they are now apparently forming their own collectives, you are no longer allowed to carry these products in your authorized MCD as medicinal cannabis cannot move from one collective to another.
DPH will be attending this event and will list the products that are no longer allowed in SF mcds. If you still want to transport that product, the affected group must obtain their own mcd permit from DPH for your address.
Sentence? Don’t worry, everyone else is confused too. This is another example of how the medical cannabis industry in California, which does not have strong national regulations, “works”.
In other cities, marijuana events where anyone with a card can buy as much cannabis as they can carry have gone smoothly.
It’s important to note that High Times is carefully placing its Medical Cannabis Cup outside of San Francisco, in places like the Cow Palace in Daly City.
HempCon does the same, and here’s one reason why.
As of right now, Stratton is talking about a lawsuit, but one thing is certain: pop-up events where marijuana is bought or sold are a thing of the past in San Francisco. That is, unless you choose not to advertise it.