The first postseason series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants is an archrivalry of epic proportions — in cannabis as well as baseball.
That’s because San Francisco is essentially the birthplace of the country’s legal weed movement because of activists fighting for access to medical marijuana for terminally ill patients during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s. And today L.A. is the forward-looking epicenter of the cannabis industry.
To celebrate the historic face-off between the baseball- and pot-powerhouses (Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Monday evening at Chavez Ravine), we checked in with a few cannabis retailers with a bead on both markets to see not only who’s smoking what in each team’s hometown, but also if there are strains or products that symbolize each city’s contributions to California’s cannabis culture.
“I think one of the oldest debates in California cannabis is which city has the best genetics,” Tyson Rossi, senior vice president of product and revenue for the Culver City-based dispensary chain MedMen, said in an email. “And that rivalry is on full display when you consider the genetics that have put each city on the map GSC [a.k.a. Girl Scout Cookies] in S.F. and OG Kush in L.A.”
When it comes to the iconic OG Kush (“L.A. has always had the best OGs in the world and still does,” according to Rossi) to pay your respects to the boys in blue, he singles out Cali Lotus’ Blem Unruly OG.
Overall, Rossi said L.A. consumers gravitate toward what he calls “active products” — sativa strains, portable vapes and infused pre-rolls — while San Francisco has a thing for indicas, concentrates and sleep-related products.
Published: October 12, 2021
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