San Francisco Has Awarded It’s First Social Equity Cannabis License

The shop is expected to open before the end of the year

A married gay couple on Tuesday received the first business permit for equity applicants by San Francisco’s Office of Cannabis for their soon-to-open Castro cannabis retail store, Eureka Sky. They plan to soft open after Christmas.

Co-owners Romwald (Ray) Connolly and Desmond Morgan told the Bay Area Reporter they expect to be fully open in January 2020. Eureka Sky is located at 3989 17th Street, adjacent to Jane Warner Plaza, on a retail block that has seen significant turnover in recent years.

The cannabis store is taking over the storefront that had housed the gift shop Wild Card, which moved into the space in 2006 and closed in May 2018 after 22 years in business. In the retail space next door Cafe De Casa, a Brazilian cafe, continues to work on opening its doors after missing its initial plans to welcome patrons in early November. It now hopes to open by mid-January.

In a telephone interview with the B.A.R., Connolly said the Eureka Sky partners were “thrilled” to see the “001” number of the certificate they received from the Office of Cannabis December 17. The issuance of the certificate was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Office of Cannabis.

The city’s equity program enables cannabis businesses that partner with an equity applicant to receive priority review when applying for a business permit in the city. Eureka Sky’s equity applicant is Chris Callaway, a local marijuana grower who moved to the Bay Area 20 years ago to get involved with medical cannabis.

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