The Green Cross (TGC) medical cannabis collective opened its doors in 2004 as a storefront location in Noe Valley. Instantly it was known for its professional, patient-centric operation style. The mantra that TGC followed was "patients first," a mantra that has since been used by many other organizations entering the medical cannabis industry.
TGC broke the mold in 2006 by morphing into a delivery service. Today, TGC still offers many strains, medicated edibles and smoking alternatives directly and discreetly to your home with the same friendly service and low prices people have come to expect. TGC has also been known as an exemplar in community and outreach services by offering patient consulting, care giving services, and an online community, going above and beyond traditional dispensary services, making it clear to not only its patients, but the community and the local government as well, that cannabis is much more important than many people deem it to be.
On June 15, 2013, TGC finally opened a new storefront at 4218 Mission Street in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. It took over six years to find a location and get the storefront up and running, but with the support of our valued members and the neighboring community, we were finally able to open our doors. As an organization, it is our top priority to provide our patient-members with quality medication at the low prices they've come to expect from us. It is important to The Green Cross to offer our patients a comfortable and accessible place to come purchase medication from professional and courteous staff members.
A primary goal of TGC is to improve the social and economic conditions of the neighborhood, while providing living wages to residents of the surrounding area. Since opening our storefront at 4218 Mission Street, we have employed several residents of the neighborhood. We take pride in providing employment opportunities to talented individuals from a diverse array of backgrounds. Moreover, TGC has taken the initiative to join various local neighborhood associations to help better the district we now call home.
Neighborhood safety is of the utmost importance to TGC. We have security personnel monitoring the block during business hours, making sure members are being respectful of the surrounding area. Loitering, double parking, leaving debris and smoking nearby are not permitted. We have mobile personnel monitoring the neighborhood during peak hours and in response to neighbor calls, enforcing our safety protocol and ensuring members are following the rules set forth by The Green Cross and local law enforcement. At our expense, TGC acquired the green zone parking spaces in front of our storefront, which allows members to park for a maximum of 10 minutes at a time. In addition, TGC offers special member parking at the tire shop acoss the street, located at 4249 Mission Street, from 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm Mon-Fri and 9:00 am - 9:30 pm Sat-Sun.
TGC strives to be a valuable asset to the surrounding neighborhood and maintain a welcoming and safe environment for neighbors, local businesses and patients alike. It has been a lengthy process to open a storefront, but we couldn't be more thrilled with the final product. We hope you will stop by and visit us soon.
Alabama native Kevin Reed is the President of The Green Cross. He moved to San Francisco from Mobile, Alabama in 1999 (following the passage of Proposition 215) after a car accident left him with serious chronic hip and back pain.
Once in San Francisco, Kevin soon discovered the health benefits of medical cannabis for treating his persistent hip and back pain. During this time, the cost of purchasing medical cannabis through local dispensaries was extremely exorbitant, and because of this, Kevin began growing cannabis in his private residence. Soon after cultivating cannabis for his own private use, Kevin had an unpleasant encounter with local law enforcement that left him in state of mistrust for the system. This occurrence motivated him to become a medical cannabis activist, fearlessly fighting for the rights of patients throughout San Francisco and California.
Since 2004 Kevin has emerged as an industrious and tireless advocate for medical cannabis patients, as well as the operators and members of medical cannabis collectives.
In 2005 and 2006, Kevin partnered with other medical cannabis dispensary owners and patient-allies to help advocate for the best possible cannabis legislation for the City of San Francisco.
Kevin later served on the Medical Cannabis Task Force in San Francisco, continuing his fight for affordable access to medical cannabis for patients throughout the Bay Area, all while lobbying for better local legislation with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
All of Kevin’s experiences have greatly contributed to the success of The Green Cross over the years, and played an important role in our organization’s underlying mission to put patients at the forefront of everything we do.
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When properly permitted, regulated and operated, medical cannabis dispensaries can be a positive part of a community. They will generate dozens of new jobs for local residents and create business opportunities for nearby shops and neighborhood cafes.