Photo and story by Thomas K. Pendergast
The People of Parkside Sunset (POPS) tried to start a regular meeting at the Taraval Police Station in San Francisco on March 2, but the organizers of the meeting and a guest speaker were shouted down by neighbors opposed to a proposed medical cannabis dispensary (MCD).
Representatives of the Apothecarium, which currently runs an MCD in the Castro District and will be opening another in the Marina District, want to open an MCD at the intersection of Noriega Street and 32nd Avenue. They were supposed to give a presentation of the business model they are considering but they never got that far because a packed room of locals took over the meeting and shut it down.
"We all have a history with another MCD that tried to open up on Taraval Street a couple of years, ago," said POPS Vice President, Dallas Udovch. "This is a different company. It's not the same people. ... I would like you to at least hear what he has to say, give it a fair consideration and then we can make up our minds as a community afterwards, but I do not want a shouting match here tonight."
And that was about as much fair consideration there was for the rest of the meeting, because a shouting match quickly ensued.
"If it's announcements, we have the right to protest. If it's announcements we don't have to listen to the announcements!" said one man wearing glasses and standing directly across the room, raising his voice as he went.