194 Church had previously been established in 1990 as a lower profile medicinal marijuana retail location by a small collective of people organized by Thomas O'Malley mostly to help those suffering from AIDS. Thomas O'Malley died from the disease in 1992. When the group vacated 194 Church in 1994 Dennis Peron et al., moved into the by then established location.
The club, prior to being legalized under California law, was at Ford and Sanchez Street in San Francisco, 1993. Still subject to legal hassles after that date, it eventually changed its name to "Cannabis Cultivators Club" and even "Cannabis Heating Club".