Published Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 | 7:30 p.m.
Updated 10 hours, 16 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO — A high-stakes NFL Monday night football game lights up an 82-inch television on the wall. Swing music plays in the background as about two dozen people sit around the TV eating pizza still steaming hot from a neighboring restaurant.
As fans of both the St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs prepare for kickoff, others in the cozy indoor facility sit on a side couch in front of their laptops, placed on one of five small coffee tables. A woman in her 20s reclines peacefully in a heap of pillows on another sofa, with wireless headphones covering her ears.
The scene of a legal marijuana consumption lounge in 2018 varies greatly from what previous generations may have associated with legalized pot, said Tom Powers, the guest service manager at Harvest dispensary. When Powers and college friend Marty Higgins purchased the dispensary three years ago, its attached consumption lounge — filled with old, tie-dye curtains and a dirty carpet floor that reeked of the plant — attracted drug addicts and “unsavory” clientele, he said.
Now, after a complete interior makeover that includes the installation of four chandeliers, a wood-grain panel wall, a large tile floor, bright blue wall paint, a large array of modern furniture and a state-of-the-art ventilation system that all but completely removes