Ray Connolly is a simple man with a simple entrepreneurial wish– to open a 3,000-square-foot medical marijuana dispensary named Krinze at 2627 Taylor Street in San Francisco, right in the heart of Fisherman’s Wharf, in memory of his deceased father.
“I started Krinze because my father died of cancer, and medical cannabis would have helped him,” he stated by way of petition. “By opening this dispensary, I hope to serve residents in SF neighborhoods that do not have dispensaries.”
Neighborhood business owners however aren’t moved by the way Connolly wishes to preserve his fathers memory and have put forth their own petition, setting into a motion a battle that will likely become more heated as the weeks progress.
A petition posted by Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District insisted, if Krinze were allowed to open, it would be in complete disregard of the district’s identity and would be “the beginning of a corrosive effect on its status as a family friendly destination.” Connolly noted in his petition that he finds it odd his proposed dispensary is receiving such pushback, given that “Fisherman’s Wharf already features a slew of bars and nightclubs.” Connolly also hopes to dispel the myth that his dispensary will effect the Wharf’s identity as a family friendly destination. As he states in his petition, he feels “medical marijuana actually helps families with members who are suffering from chronic pain or other illnesses”.
As of this writing, Connolly’s petition has 6,885 out of a desired 6,000 signatures, while Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District’s petition has…. 84. Boo-Yaa, in your face Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit District!
Before I get ahead of myself, it should be noted the planning commission hearing to decide if Connolly actually gets his license for his proposed marijuana dispensary is scheduled for Dec. 17.
To support Connolly’s ambitions sign his petition here or click here for his Facebook page
To support the Fishermans Wharf Community Benefit District please go to another website. Just kidding, you can click here.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.