Everybody needs cash — especially the medical marijuana community, with the sturm-und-drang kicked up by the federal government when it began its recent, highly publicized crackdown on state-legal dispensaries, where at least five storefront collectives in the Bay Area were given until later this month to shut down or face stiff penalties.
It's times like these that folks need to fundraise — and San Francisco's a great town for this — with plentiful cash and venues.
But that's not exactly the case for the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access.
Last year, we told you how all funds raised by the local ASA chapter were eaten up by a last-minute venue change forced by the Alcoholic Beverage Commission. This year, ASA's got a venue with a marijuana smoking lounge above the Green Door — but the space is so small that it's reserved for VIP only. That means the 99 Percent-types are being left out; it was that, or go into the red yet again at a time when all resources are needed to fight the feds, ASA staff told SF Weekly.