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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- In San Francisco, a pot collective is trying to change the idea of a medical marijuana club as a tiny storefront office in a declining part of town, or a huge but impersonal former warehouse.
From the outside it looks like a trendy neighborhood cafe. The inside gives off the same sort of vibe -- until you check the menu and take a close look at what they're serving.
"Our mission is to provide high quality and affordable medicine," said SPARC Executive Director Aaron Burke.
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Read about us in the New York Times!
The San Francisco Patient and Resource Center, or Sparc, is not your average pot club. There’s no peephole or scary-looking security guy, no skunky couches or blackened windows. Instead, a collegiate ‘‘community liaison’’ stands by the door answering questions from passers-by and checking membership cards and paperwork. (There’s no fee to join, but you need a doctor’s recommendation to enter.) And with its minimalist oak tables and benches, and jazz on the stereo, Sparc could easily be mistaken for a Japanese teahouse. Welcome to the medical marijuana dispensary of the future. Read the full article here...
7x7 Magazine - SPARC Brings Cannabis Clubs to a New Level
In a city that fetishizes everything it eats and drinks, it was inevitable that what it smokes would be next. To this end, SPARC (San Francisco Patient and Resource Center), SF’s latest medicinal marijuana dispensary, has brought the cannabis club to a new level.
From the outside, the facility is a glimmer of modern design among a stretch of SoMa residential hotels and donut shops. The windows—a graphic mix of blue and white opaque glass framed in black metal—represent the genetic code of THC. Inside, the light-filled space calls to mind a spa or chic apothecary. Read the full article here...
Fast Company: SPARC the Apple Store of Marijuana Shops
The magazine Fast Company recently featured SPARC, saying 'this recently opened San Francisco dispensary combines the sleekness of an Apple store with the quality strains of marijuana that Californians have come to expect from the corner pot shop'. Read the Fast Company article here.
SPARC is a nonprofit collective dedicated to providing lab-tested, affordable, high quality cannabis and subsidized health services to our members.
We aim to educate our patients about cannabis treatments and other alternative health approaches to supplement their medicine.
SPARC advocates for government change. We seek to be a voice for the implementation of best practices for the regulation and taxation of medical cannabis.
Serving patients since 2001
SPARC began as a collaboration between several small collectives serving distinct patient populations in San Francisco. SPARC's work was focused primarily on serving low-income patients suffering from chronic and terminal illnesses.
As our member-base continued to expand through the integration of small patient collectives, we sought a permit from the City of San Francisco to open a central healing center and dispensary. This important step allows us to increase our capacity to serve a wider array of members. Our organization is rooted in the same compassionate, patient-centered service that we have maintained for almost a decade. We work to bring a community-friendly and scientific approach to providing medical cannabis to our members.
Your membership with SPARC helps us continue to expand our free health service programs, as well as our subsidized distribution network for seriously ill, low-income patients in San Francisco.
We have been providing medical cannabis to critically ill patients in hospice at no cost for almost 10 years.
"We are grateful for SPARC’s partnership and support. We have seen many patients whose conditions have greatly improved through the use of cannabis for pain management, nausea, harm reduction and other valuable medical uses." –Tim Patriarca, Former Executive Director of Maitri AIDS Hospice
As a not for profit organization, our proceeds are reinvested directly into patient services and community activism. As we grow, our advocacy and patient services grow, too. ??Our Medicine
SPARC cultivates the vast majority of its own medicine with the expert member-cultivators on staff. Our team uses sustainable growing techniques to bring out the best qualities of the plant. We oversee the production of most of our medicine from seed to harvest to packaging.
Our aim is to provide consistent high-grade cannabis our members can rely on. We focus on bringing out the highest medicinal qualities of each strain that we offer. We constantly work to increase our knowledge of new cultivation techniques and innovations, and we work with our members to ensure this knowledge finds its way into higher quality medicine. Because we oversee much of our own production, we can offer more affordable prices to our patients on select top-shelf medical cannabis.
SPARC is one of the few dispensaries in California to have its medicine tested to ensure safety and quality. It is vitally important to ensure that there is no trace of mold or pathogens in any cannabis that is provided for patient members.
Quality is usually determined by the amount of symptom relief that a medicine provides and the reliability of the medicine to produce the desired effect. Not only do we measure the amount of THC in each strain we offer, but using standard analytical techniques, we can assay for the presence of other therapeutically significant cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD). Our packaging lists the percentage of THC, CBD, and CBN concentrations for each strain, allowing our members to select the right medicine for their health needs. Our long-term aim is to develop a more scientific approach that includes the possibility of documenting and researching which plant variations and horticultural practices can be combined to maximize the healing qualities of specific strains.
SPARC Member Services
SPARC’s approach to healing involves providing members with a wide array of healing tools to confront their unique health challenges and improve their daily lives. While members of our collective come to us first for medicine, over time we want them to utilize other healing techniques that can help them address their problems.
To see descriptions of our services which include meditation, accupressure, Ayurveda and SPARC support groups, follow this link to services. To see our service calendar follow this link to our service calendar.
SPARC offers access to centuries-old healing traditions, including traditions where cannabis has been used to foster self-healing through meditation.
While cannabis has been popularized in North American pop culture as a hazy, sleep-inducing substance, many South Asian cultures traditionally use cannabis for selective meditations as a means to awakening. In India, there is over 3,000 years of history behind cannabis as a tool for healing in Ayurvedic medicine, as well as an aide in spiritual practice. To learn more about ancient traditions that used cannabis, visit the Spiritual Use of Cannabis section of our website under Cannabis Research.