Article by Chris Roberts, The Guardian
Anyone with a medical marijuana recommendation from a physician can browse Harvest on Geary’s minimalist dispensary – but entry into their private lounge will be only for those San Franciscans who can afford it.
Billed as the city’s first high-end pot “boutique”, Harvest will soon be home to “California’s only private cannabis consumption lounge,” where members will be able to relax in mid-century modern chairs and leather settees while watching TV or playing chess, surrounded by art deco-style wood paneling lit up by chandeliers.
The monthly membership fee for the lounge, scheduled to open sometime in September, will be $100. There will also be “an on-site concierge”, according to a press release.
Marty Higgins, Harvest’s owner and an Oakland real estate investor, told the San Francisco Chronicle that approved members would be required to adhere to “certain standards” though he promised to be “as inclusionary as possible”. In an interview with the Guardian on Wednesday, he said that the lounge would have “an industry standard screening process”.
California cannabis has been touted as a multibillion dollar industry for years. But Harvest and its private lounge might signal an end to marijuana’s early days of ragtag hangouts.
Shona Gochenaur, a marijuana advocate, fondly remembers the “good old days” in the clubs of a decade ago.