“Ryan Hudson, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Apothecarium, envisioned a better dispensary experience. “Years ago, I was standing in line at a dispensary, waiting behind a woman my grandmother’s age,” he said. “Like me, she was there for a serious medical issue. But the people working there were unable to provide her the information she needed. That was my ‘lightbulb moment’—when I decided to create a dispensary where she could find quality cannabis in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment and also get the information and support she needed to use it safely and effectively.”
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“The days of shady doctors prescribing medical marijuana cards for stubbed toes or back pain are happily over in San Francisco. You can now walk into a cannabis store that looks like Sickbay on the Star Trek Enterprise simply by being over 21 and providing valid ID.” Read the full story here.
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“Berkeley officials have given the green light to cannabis retailer The Apothecarium to set up shop on Telegraph Avenue. At a packed City Council meeting Tuesday evening, dozens of citizens weighed in over several hours on whether the city should grant its approval for the company to locate its fifth outlet near the UC Berkeley campus.” Read the full story here.
“Two Bay Area cannabis dispensaries announced big deals this week with publicly traded Canadian marijuana companies. The Apothecarium, which operates three popular dispensaries in San Francisco and one in Las Vegas, accepted an offer of $118 million in cash and stock from TerrAscend, a cannabis company in Toronto.” Read or listen to the full story here.
“Hudson – who will remain The Apothecarium’s CEO – is the latest in a slew of California marijuana executives who’ve sold out to Canadian companies or struck some form of partnership.” Read the full story here.
“Separately, the Apothecarium of San Francisco, which operates three dispensaries in the city and one in Las Vegas, agreed to sell itself for $118 million in cash and stock to TerrAscend, a Toronto cannabis producer licensed in Canada and some U.S. states.” Read the full story here.
On Tuesday, The Apothecarium — one of the Bay Area’s most venerable dispensaries — announced that Toronto biopharmaceutical and wellness company TerraAscend will buy it. In a statement, Apothecarium’s Chief Marketing Officer Eliot Dobris noted that $118 million deal will lay the groundwork for additional locations around the country. Read the full story here.
“The Apothecarium, one of the country's leading cannabis dispensaries, will be snapped up by TerrAscend in a deal that includes the chain's three Bay Area locations, a cultivation and edible manufacturing facility in Nevada, as well as edible product line Valhalla Confections. The Toronto-based biopharmaceutical and wellness company will pay $73.7 million in cash and TerrAscend voting shares worth about $44.7 million.” Read the full story here.
“The swanky San Francisco-based cannabis dispensary the Apothecarium has entered into an agreement to be acquired by a publicly traded Canadian corporation, making the dispensary's 200-plus employees among the first local industry workers to benefit from the corporate takeover of the cannabis industry.” Read the full story here.
“For my first dispensary field trip, it felt fitting to start in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, not far from where legendary activist Dennis Peron established the first cannabis dispensary in the 1990s at the height of the AIDs epidemic. From the window of The Apothecarium’s flagship store on Market Street, I could see the building where Peron allegedly drafted Proposition 215, the Compassionate Care Act, which ushered marijuana to its current legalized status in the State of California, through the medical back door.” Read the full story here.
“Across Las Vegas, flower remained the top seller as a whole, accounting for nearly 50 percent of all of the estimated over $700 million in marijuana sales, according to the Nevada Dispensary Association.” Read the full story here.
The Seattle cannagar is made by the company Leira, who developed a partnership to sell their high-end cannabis and pot products in Las Vegas. The company intends to sell less expensive, smaller versions of the cannagars publicly at other Vegas dispensaries including The Apothecarium, ShowGrow, Nevada Made and The Grove. Read the full story here.
“Right now, the only San Francisco dispensaries with more than one storefront are Harvest (on Geary and off Mission) and the Apothecarium (Marina, Castro, and South of Market). But a look at all of the businesses applying for new dispensary permits shows that some larger companies are applying for as many as five permits.” Read the full story here.
As we begin the first holiday season with legal cannabis, shelves are stocked with dozens of new gizmos for the pot aficionado on your list. We checked with the Apothecarium's boutique manager Marcella Sanchez, who said the retailer's gift boxes are a ‘fantastic value.’” Read the full story here.
“Located in the heart of the Castro District, the Apothecarium has managed to stand the test of time that is marijuana legalization. Since 2011, the Apothecarium in the Castro has remained an upscale medical-cannabis dispensary. Since the legalization of weed, it has transitioned successfully to a full-service dispensary, and two additional locations in the city (the Marina and SOMA) have popped up during its tenure. With a keen focus on community, the Apothecarium has donated over $350,000 to local nonprofits too. Finally, the Castro location won Architectural Digest’s award for best cannabis space in the country—can’t beat that.” Read the full story here.
“The Apothecarium, a San Francisco dispensary, is a prime location for newcomers to discover these answers. As Elliot Dobris, chief marketing officer, informed us they are focusing on chipping away at the stigma through education. ‘We’re working every day to change people’s impressions of what a dispensary could be,’ he says. ‘We hope others will do the same.’” Read the full story here.
“There are things about dispensary visitations that make people nervous, explains Kyle Shaughnessy of the Apothecarium, a popular dispensary in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood (with several other locations). Not long ago, he says, before cannabis was legal in California, people would come in, fearing the place was about to be raided by police. These days, though, the anxiety stems from other things.” Read the full story here.
“I love The Apothecarium in San Francisco’s Castro District. The space is open and inviting, complete with marble floors that feel luxurious without being too decadent. They even have a gallery space with a healthy rotation of artists.” Read the full story here.
“When I walked into the Apothecarium, my chosen shop, I found a pristine yet welcoming store….It felt like buying tea; I remember walking out thinking, ‘That's what it should feel like!’” Read the full story here.
“We aimed to build a dispensary where you can be proud to bring your mom,” said Ryan Hudson, co-founder and CEO of The Apothecarium in a statement. “Our goal is to put first-time visitors at ease with a beautiful atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable staff. We’re excited to offer four days of discounts on four popular women-owned brands — that’s one way we want to support women in the cannabis industry.” Read the full story here.
"We have a lot to do to create safe rules for consumption," said Payan. "Those of us who work in the industry understand that, used properly, cannabis can provide a really wonderful experience. But we need more places where people can consume and learn how to use the products safely and appropriately. San Francisco can do better.” Read the full story here.
The Apothecarium was featured in a special episode of the Roll-Up podcast on Leafly. Listen to the full podcast here.
“A good dispensary will not weed shame you if you’ve never tried it, most dispensaries I spoke to are thrilled to open the wonderful world of cannabis to someone new. Eliot Dobris from Apothecarium, a dispensary located in San Francisco with branches all over the city and a location in Vegas stressed the importance of being honest with your cannabis consultant (they avoid the more common label of ‘budtender’) because they are there to help you navigate a complicated plant.” Read the full story here.
With outlets in San Francisco’s Marina, SOMA and Castro Districts, the Apothecarium has revamped the dispensary experience. Their upscale and light-soaked storefronts don’t display products as typical dispensaries do. After waiting for your name to be called, knowledgeable behind-the-counter consultants provide product menus and are available to answer any of your questions. They offer a broad selection of cannabis products, including flowers, edibles, topicals, and concentrates. All products are batch-tested to ensure purity. Read the full story here.
“Ten out of ten. Can confirm, the 139-year-old San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is worth the high at $9 per ticket—even more so this Tuesday when admission is free, courtesy of nearby cannabis club The Apothecarium. ‘Thank you to Apothecarium for sponsoring Free Tuesday from August through October,’ it states right there on the staid civic institution’s website.” Read the full story here.
“When the approximately 1,500-square-foot Howard Street location reopens, patrons should expect to see a refresh similar to the company's flagship Castro location, which Architectural Digest named one of the best-designed dispensaries in the country last spring.” Read the full story here.
“Curious if anyone has visited Apothecarium? It’s a high-end marijuana retail experience in SF and beyond. While I don’t partake, I visited with a friend who does, and saw the Nordstrom quality layout, attentive greeters, well lit area. We checked in, the greeter took us to a modern lounge, till we were called to the counter to the counter where we met a well groomed professional who offered my friend a menu. She asked questions like ‘What type of mood are you seeking? Energy, focus, relaxation, sleep aids?’ She pulled out a lengthy menu, and then offered small vials to smell the organic buds. The experience was akin to high-end fashion retail meets a Napa wine bar. The modern commercialization of Marijuana is here.” Read the full story here.