SAN FRANCISCO, March 10, 2016 -- The Apothecarium, a medical cannabis dispensary in the

Castro neighborhood, today announced plans to move to a larger facility, a few doors down

from its current location at Market and Church. The move will reduce lines and wait times for

patients at the popular dispensary by allowing the organization to hire additional patient

consultants. The Apothecarium is currently housed in a storefront at 2095 Market St. The

proposed new location, at 2029 Market Street, is a vacant space that previously housed

Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, approximately half a block away.

Founded in 2011, The Apothecarium offers member-patients lab-tested medical cannabis in an

upscale environment with assistance from professional patient consultants. Known for its

neighborhood philanthropy, The Apothecarium has given away more than $300,000 to

community-minded groups such as Castro/Eureka Valley Foundation, Equality California,

LYRIC, Lyon-Martin Health services, Larkin St. Youth Center, PAWS (Pets are Wonderful

Support), SF Pride, SF Aids Foundation, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, AIDS Emergency

Fund, Rooms that Rock4Chemo, Maitri Compassionate Care and many more.

“The Castro is our home and we are delighted we have found a new, larger space so close by --

no easy feat in San Francisco’s current real estate market,” said Ryan Hudson, co-founder and

executive director of The Apothecarium. “We want to assure patients who depend on us for

safe, lab-tested medicine, that we will be continue to operate in the Castro. Our new location will

allow us room to hire more patient consultants to better serve patients in a modern, comfortable


The new location is subject to approval by the San Francisco Planning Commission. The

Apothecarium has already received initial confirmation from the city that the proposed location

meets the legal requirements for a medical cannabis dispensary. The Apothecarium hopes to be

operating in their new location by the third quarter of 2016.

In addition to high-quality medication, the Apothecarium offers free access to wellness

programs, including weekly yoga, meditation, anxiety and depression, and veteran and women’s

support groups. These groups reinforce healthy lifestyles and encourage positive behaviors to

mitigate stress and create connection. The additional space may allow the dispensary to host

some of those programs on site, instead of in a nearby church common room.

Response from community leaders and neighbors to news of the move has been positive:

Steve Adams, Past Commissioner, San Francisco Small Business Commission said, “It’s

great to see a small business born-and-bred in the Castro thriving and in need of a larger space.

The leaders of The Apothecarium don’t just talk about community - they give their time and

money to make the neighborhood a better place. I am hard pressed to think of another small

business in the city that has been so generous to their community.”

Alan Beach Nelson, President of the Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association and a

member of The Apothecarium’s Philanthropic Advisory Board said, “As a longtime fundraiser

and advocate for AIDS research, I always recommend The Apothecarium to people with serious

medical conditions who need professional consultations about medical cannabis. The

Apothecarium is truly an asset to the neighborhood and the city. I’m delighted the new space

will allow them to expand their service to patients.”

Daniel Bergerac, President, Castro Merchants and Owner, Mudpuppy’s said, “It’s no surprise

The Apothecarium has been so warmly embraced by the Castro community. They combine

excellent service and an extensive program of community outreach with an upscale retail space.

I can’t wait to see what they do with their new, larger space. I serve with Ryan Hudson,

co-founder of The Apothecarium, on the Board of Castro Merchants. He is one of our most

active and generous members.”

Jeff Bryant, a home-owner who lives directly above the proposed location said, “For four

years The Apothecarium has been a considerate, quiet neighbor down the street. I’m glad they

are filling the empty storefront in my building. I’d much rather have a quiet dispensary here than

a noisy bar or restaurant.”

David Troup, Board Member, Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association and a member

of The Apothecarium’s Philanthropic Advisory Board said, “One of the reasons The

Apothecarium is so popular in the Castro is that so many of their employees live in

neighborhood. The majority of their employees are LGBT -- so they truly represent the

community they serve. I’m so glad they are staying in the neighborhood.”

Scott Wiener, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member for District 8 said, “The

Apothecarium is well known in the neighborhood for being a community-minded organization

that gives back to the neighborhood. In October, I was proud to sponsor a Board of Supervisors

resolution congratulating the Apothecarium on its fourth anniversary and its exemplary service

to patients. The Castro has long been supportive of medical marijuana. When Prop 215 passed,

legalizing medical cannabis, the measure received more than 91% support in the Castro and

Upper Market. I expect the Apothecarium's move to a new location will be met with broad

community support.”