What began as an open-air farmers market for medical marijuana at a San Francisco bar has turned into a complete bust after the owner revoked the organizer’s contract Friday morning.
Ricci Cornell, who co-owns an outdoor bar and grill near AT&T Park named Jelly’s, said she was deceived by a medical marijuana patient, Angelic Cisneros, who said she was booking a party for her birthday at the venue.
Cisneros passed out flyers promoting an 18-years-old and above event that would bring together pot farmers from around the Bay Area. After some media attention, Cisneros promised that there would be no sales of the drug, but Cornell wasn’t buying it.
“The first thing I did this morning is call her and said there’s no way,” Cornell said Friday.
Cornell said the contract explicitly stated that marijuana sales were not allowed at the venue and that attendees had to be over 21 years of age. The media attention also attracted some attention from regulators such as Alcoholic Beverage Control, San Francisco Police and the Entertainment Commission.
Not only was Cornell “appalled and outraged” by the potential breach of contract, but she said Cisneros has done a disservice to legitimate medical cannabis users after receiving calls from patients Friday morning who didn’t know what to expect.
“One man called me this morning and said that medical marijuana is the only thing that relieves his back pain,” she said. “I could certainly understand his position, and I felt very bad.”