By Carolyne Zinko
A month into adult-use sales in California, legal cannabis has already driven a half-dozen medical marijuana recommendation clinics out of business, with consumers no longer needing medical recommendations to buy the botanical over the counter. One prominent online provider has also reported a steep decline in patients seeking referrals.
Green Evaluations, which served 40 to 50 patients a day since opening inside the iconic Amoeba Records store on Haight Street in 2014, closed its doors Jan. 15 because of dwindling foot traffic.
“We were still getting people coming in,” said Joe Goldmark, manager of the famed indie music store, which rented second-floor office space to two physicians, “but it wasn’t enough enough to pay the doctors.”
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