by David Downs
Today the East Bay Express looks at the darkening cloud over another beloved Bay Area dispensary. Haight street icon Vapor Room faces imminent closure by local U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. Vapor Room may shut its doors June 13, a staffer said on the phone Tuesday. As we write in the review, we may be witnessing the closure of one of the coolest cannabis lounges on the planet.
"Hey Folks, we're taking the day off. Sorry for the inconvenience. Check back this week. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
The tweet instantly set off speculation that the nine-year-old dispensary had succumbed to a months-long crusade by U.S. Attorney Haag. "Are you guys remaining open? I thought today was the last day?" a fan commented.
Vapor Room has been officially mum on the topic, but said over the phone that June 13 is a tentative closure date for the storefront. The dispensary would keep operating as a delivery service.
Here's the petition Vapor Room is handing out at the club. It's clear they've been ordered to shut down by Haag.
For those who want to do something about it, the San Francisco chapter of national medical cannabis patient lobby Americans for Safe Access is leading efforts to stop the crackdown. They've helped get House minority speaker Nancy Pelosi to finally speak up, and helped resurrect the Hinchey-Rohrabacher Amendment to defund federal interference in state pot laws.
Here's some photos from our Vapor Room files:
Lastly, Bay Artist artist Jeremy Fish has a new line of "Superfishal" shirts out on Upper Playground, with three weed-inspired designs: "Dudes", "Slow Roller" and the VR-inspired "Med-Zeppelin". All worthy.