Like your local Mac market, SPARC is slick, modern, and offers specialized instruction--in acupressure and self-healing, Ayurvedic cooking, art therapy, and calligraphy.
Not into the stoner aesthetic but still want your pot straight from the local dispensary? The San Francisco Patient and Resource Center (SPARC) has you covered. This recently opened San Francisco dispensary combines the sleekness of an Apple store with the quality strains of marijuana that Californians have come to expect from the corner pot shop (or so we hear).
The nonprofit is an outgrowth of the Cannabis Collective, an organization that provides reasonably priced marijuana to low-income patients with chronic disease. As such, SPARC offers pot at a deep discount compared to other dispensaries--$28 for an eighth of the daily special, and $35 an eighth for many other strains.
SFist reports that SPARC emblazons its menu and price guide on LCD screens, offers pot in glass apothecary jars with custom labels, and shows off its wares in wood and glass cases. From the outside, SPARC might even be mistaken for an art gallery. And like your local Apple store, SPARC offers classes, including acupressure and self-healing, Ayurvedic cooking, art therapy, and calligraphy.
COMMENTARY: I have seen the interiors of several licensed medical marijuana stores and they are usually very small stores, fairly conspicuous, often lacking store signs and located in small tract malls. This is a medical marijuana club in San Francisco.
None of them have the high-tech and upscale look of SPARC. I see a possible franchise. Funny, a former client has the words SPARC in their name.
Courtesy of an article dated September 10, 2010 appearing in Fast Company