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Cannabis dispensaries offer venue for samples by Sari Staver

infused candies and cookies are sampled, although buds and concentrates are also given away. It’s a great way to try it before you buy it and definitely more fun than sampling at Costco. In mid-December, the Bay Area Cannasseur caught up with Amanda Hareskog, who was giving away apple pie and blood orange caramels in the lobby of SPARC, a SOMA dispensary at


ree samples of cannabis are flooding the market in San Francisco, as start-ups vie for customer loyalty and dispensary shelf space. Depending on how much time you want to spend chasing the freebies, there are giveaways almost every day. Frequently, cannabis

Robert (Bob) John Dern September 16, 1948 – December 22, 2016

Robert (Bob) John Dern passed away suddenly at his home in Cathedral City, California, on December 22, 2016. He was 68. Bob was a kind, gentle man who was actively engaged in LGBT issues and AIDS awareness and was the certified public accountant for the Bay Area Reporter newspaper. Bob had an irrepressible sense of humor and was uncompromisingly himself. He was born in East Orange, New Jersey on September 16, 1948, the younger son of Claude and Elizabeth Byrnes Dern. In the mid-1950s he moved with his family to an old farmhouse on Nichols Hill in Dorset, Vermont. He attended Burr and Burton Seminary, graduating in 1966 having been voted the worst male driver in his class. He lived in Boston for several years, then moved west to San Francisco in the mid-1970s. He obtained his CPA and worked as a successful accountant until his retirement in 2005. He had been diagnosed HIV-positive in 1984 and saw many dear friends succumb to AIDS over the years, in particular, his old partner, Sunny Fisher, last year and his close friend, Chas Wesdell. He visited Dorset this summer for his 50th high school class reunion. He was predeceased by his parents, his nephew David Keith Dern, and his former partner, Sunny Fisher. He leaves behind his beloved cat, Pia; his brother Claude G. Dern; his sister Suzanne (Dern) Greene; his niece, Joyce (Dern) Rollins; his trusted friend Jim Yarbrough; as well as many other nieces and nephews, and dozens of friends, including Arthur Jones of Dorset, Vermont and Ann Soucy of Connecticut. If friends desire, charitable donations to the San Francisco AIDS Foundation or the SPCA in his memory would be very appropriate.

gift cannabis to attendees. 1256 Mission (at Ninth Street). On Wednesday and ThursHareskog, 27, founded Choose day evenings, there’s a ganja Love, a Berkeley company, two yoga class held in a South of years ago and can hardly keep Market studio (http://www. up with the demand. Teacher The SPARC customers kept Dee Dussault has an array of her busy. “I start with just a half vape pens and edibles, proof a caramel,” she advised one vided to her by sponsoring woman. “Please go slowly. And companies, that she offers to enjoy.” students before class. Check Several times a week, Hareskthe website for further details. og visits a dispensary where she And lastly, there is actually spends several hours distributa way of enjoying free samples ing samples of her product, in the comfort of your own which come in six flavors and home. doses from 25 mg. and up. The company Healthy Now selling more than 30,000 Headie Lifestyle (http://www. caramels each month, the offers pany hopes to ink a distribution cannabis parties, much like deal that would send the prodthe Tupperware parties peouct to hundreds of additional ple did decades ago. outlets throughout the state. Sari Staver The company makes its SPARC has afternoon tastChoose Love founder Amanda Hareskog ings on Thursdays or Fridays in stands near some of her products at SPARC. money if partygoers buy any of the gadgets it demonJanuary, according to its calenstrates, which include desktop dar, which is available by email be giving away samples of its gumand handheld vaporizers. The if you sign up on the website, mies on Tuesday, January 31, from Healthy Heady distributor brings 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, February along samples to try. For more inTwice a month, there’s a real bo16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more formation on scheduling a party, or nanza of samples available at the information, sign up for the Apothbecoming a distributor, check the farmers market held at Harvest Disecarium’s email newsletter on its website.t pensary, 4811 Geary (http://www. website. In addition to the free samples Held on the first and third SaturBay Area Cannasseur runs the available at dispensaries, the passage days from noon to 4 p.m., 10 rotatfirst Thursday of the month. of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act To send column ideas or tips, ing vendors set up shop in the dis– Proposition 64 – has also enabled email Sari Staver at sari@ pensary’s normally private lounge, people sponsoring events to legally according to general manager Gannon Castner. Beginning in 2017, Harvest will be sampling various cannabis concentrates. The events will rotate between the Geary location and Harvest’s second location at 33 29th Street in Bernal Heights. For updates on Harvest events, Castner recommends signing up for their online newsletter or following them on Facebook or Twitter. At the Castro’s Apothecarium, 2029 Market Street (http://www., San Francisco grower State Harvest Cannabis will be gifting samples of its sustainably grown buds on Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 24 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Apothecarium has been selling State Harvest flowers, without a label, but the company is now branding its products, according to the Apothecarium. Also, Valhalla Confections will

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group calling itself SF United Against Trump will hold a panel discussion and speak out Saturday, January 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street (between Valencia and Guerrero). According to a news release, the group invites interested people to discuss fighting the agenda of President-elect Donald Trump, who will be sworn into office Friday, January 20. Items expected to be discussed include defending minority and women’s rights, including LGBTs; standing together against hate; and defending civil liberties and workers’ rights. The group will also talk about fighting immigration policies Trump has pledged to institute, such as deportations and a Muslim registry. “Panelists will discuss how Trump’s proposed attacks will affect their communities and all of us, and how we can fight back,” the news

release states. “Then, we’ll open the floor for discussion.” Upcoming actions include those around the inauguration and the following day, January 21, when women’s marches are planned in Washington, D.C. and cities across the country. SF United Against Trump formed out of a meeting at the Howard Zinn Book Fair last month. Organizers said they wanted to “launch a broad, open activist front dedicated to resisting Trump’s agenda in San Francisco.” For more information, or to join the group, visit https:// w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / g r o u p s / sfunitedagainsttrump/.

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