The evening rush hour was still in full swing on a recent weeknight at Church and Market streets. Well-dressed would-be diners crowded the doorway of a seafood restaurant, waiting for a table, while shoppers carrying Whole Foods bags competed for space on a cramped sidewalk with commuters heading home.
And in the middle of it all, right at the intersection, a store that California police say is a crime magnet and an eyesore was barely noticed at all. The only thing identifying it as a pot club was the tell-tale smell and the steady crush of customers there to buy weed.
That's the funny thing about legal weed -- it's not exciting, there's no drama -- as the city's annual report on its dispensary program reveals.
The city has 24 weed storefronts in business, according to the Department of Public Health. And these 24 dispensaries only generated 10 citizen complaints last year. Most of them -- such as a police investigation into a cannabis brownie -- were total nonsense.More »