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There are only nine places on planet Earth where you can go to a cannabis consumption lounge like you would an alcohol bar. San Francisco has seven. Oakland has one. Denver — one. That’s it. For the Earth.

And “San Francisco has the best regulations of anywhere,” said Charles Pappas, a Berkeley medical cannabis commissioner.

The famed coffee shops of Amsterdam are seedy and merely “tolerated”. The semi-private clubs of Barcelona don’t have city and state permits displayed on the wall. Sorry, trailblazers Washington and Oregon. The future is happening here — again.

This September, the San Francisco Department of Public Health more at

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