Last October, Hoodline reported that San Francisco’s first Latina-owned dispensary Stiiizy had opened in Union Square. That wasn’t entirely correct. Way back in 2005, in the early days of medical marijuana, the dispensary ReLeaf opened, and for years sat at Mission and Ninth Streets until they were evicted from that spot in 2019.
But for those 14 years, most of them before the recreational use era, local cannabis activist Heidi Hanley was ReLeaf’s female, Latina owner. “I want to give credit where credit is due, though,” Hanley tells Hoodline. “Cindy [de la Vega of Stiiizy Union Square] is the first equity Latina operator, so I want to give kudos to her.”
ReLeaf was evicted when their building owner’s bank refused to refinance a building with a dispensary tenant. So, ReLeaf was booted out in a no-fault eviction. But they’re coming back, as on Thursday the SF Planning Commission approved an authorization for the new ReLeaf to open a dispensary at 5801 Mission, near the SF-Daly City border.
The commission considered rejecting the dispensary, mainly on oversaturation grounds. The dispensaries Mission Organics and Connected are both within six blocks, but the commission still approved the shop on a 4-2 vote.