is marijuana legal in san francisco

Know your rights as a cannabis consumer

Rules about buying and using cannabis in San Francisco.

It is legal in California to buy and use cannabis if you are 21 or older. But, like tobacco and alcohol, there are laws that you need to follow.

Buying, selling and growing cannabis in San Francisco

You can only buy cannabis from licensed retailers.

Adults can buy and carry:

  • Up to 1 ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis
  • Up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis

You can only sell cannabis if you have a Retail Cannabis Permit from San Francisco and a license from California.

You can grow up to 6 cannabis plants in your home or in a locked and enclosed yard. It must not be visible to the public, and the property owner must approve.

If you have a Medical Marijuana ID card, you can buy, carry, and grow more.

Securing your cannabis

You must lock up cannabis and cannabis products away from children and pets.

Cannabis for medical use

To buy medical cannabis, you need a Medical Marijuana ID card or a doctor’s recommendation. You do not pay sales tax if you buy cannabis with a Medical Marijuana ID card.

  • Grow up to 12 cannabis plants for your own use
  • Buy up to 8 ounces of flower

You can buy even more than 8 ounces if your doctor recommends it.

Using cannabis in San Francisco

You cannot smoke, eat, vape, or use cannabis:

  • In public places, like parks and sidewalks
  • Near schools or anywhere with children (you can’t even carry cannabis at places like day care centers)
  • Inside most buildings, like workplaces, restaurants and bars, entertainment venues, and the common areas of multi-unit housing
  • At outdoor public events like music festivals, street fairs and parades

Generally, you cannot smoke or vape cannabis in places where you cannot smoke tobacco.

You can use cannabis in private homes if the owner allows it.

You can consume cannabis in a dispensary that has a consumption lounge.


Driving under the influence of cannabis is illegal and you can be arrested, fined, and have your license suspended.

You cannot drive or ride in a vehicle with an open container of cannabis. Cannabis must be sealed or kept in the trunk.

Cannabis at work

Employers can still:

  • Have a drug and alcohol-free workplace
  • Require drug tests for employees
  • Turn you down for a job because you use cannabis
  • Fire you, demote you, or take other action against you for using cannabis

Federal law

Cannabis is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government. You can be arrested or prosecuted for buying or using cannabis on federal land.

Many places in California are policed by federal authorities. They include, but are not limited to:

  • Airports
  • National parks
  • Federal buildings
  • Military installations

Immigration status

If you are not a US citizen, using cannabis or working in the cannabis industry can hurt your immigration status. You should get legal advice before leaving the United States or applying for naturalization.

Rules about buying and using cannabis in San Francisco.

What You Need to Know About Legal Marijuana in California

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You may be curious about marijuana (also called cannabis, pot, weed and a variety of colorful nicknames), now that it’s become legal for recreational use here in the state of California. We want to be sure our visitors understand the new policies when they visit San Francisco. Please observe the following rules and regulations:

  • You must be 21 or older to have, purchase or use recreational cannabis. This includes smoking, vaping and eating cannabis-infused products.
  • You may possess 28.5 grams of cannabis plant material (about an ounce) and 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
  • It is illegal to give or sell retail cannabis to minors.
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis.
  • It is illegal to consume, smoke, eat or vape cannabis in public. It is illegal to open a package containing cannabis or any cannabis products in public. This includes but is not limited to parks and sidewalks, business and residential areas.
  • It is also illegal to consume cannabis in other locations where smoking is illegal, including bars, restaurants, buildings open to the public, places of employment and areas within 15 feet of doors and ventilation openings.
  • Even though it is legal under California law, you cannot consume or possess cannabis on federal lands such as national parks, even if the park is in California. Among the areas that are federal lands in the San Francisco Bay Area are the Presidio, Alcatraz Island, the Marin Headlands and Ocean Beach.
  • You can consume cannabis on private property, but property owners and landlords may ban the use and possession of cannabis on their properties.
  • It is illegal to take your cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal.
  • Only state licensed establishments may sell retail cannabis products.

Local Cannabis Businesses

During San Francisco’s shelter in place order, cannabis dispensaries are considered essential businesses and may remain open. For more information on how the city is responding to COVID-19, visit our travel alerts page.

Did you know that cannabis is well-known among its proponents to have many health benefits? The endocannabinoid compounds in cannabis can help in stabilizing moods, which can ease depression caused by chronic stress. In monitored dosages and used properly, cannabis can ease anxiety, which you may be experiencing as a result of COVID-19. It may not, however, support any weight loss goals you may have while in isolation, so hide the sweet, salty, and fried foods if you decide to partake.

Many San Francisco Bay Area dispensaries remain open as essential businesses (this is San Francisco, after all) and are offering delivery and pick-up service to keep their customers as safe as possible during shelter in place guidelines. Here are a few San Francisco dispensaries and the services they’re offering to local Bay Area residents.

Barbary Coast Dispensary (952 Mission St.)

Barbary Coast and Barbary Coast – Sunset are now offering door to door service from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Simply enter your zip code and choose your items. If they don’t service your area, they’ll provide a link to a sister property that does.

Eureka Sky (3989 17 th St.)

Currently offering pre-order online with pickup services, seven days a week, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Guests are asked to observe all social distancing protocols.

Medithrive Cannabis Dispensary and Delivery (1933 Mission St.)

Consistently voted best delivery service in the Bay Area, Medithrive is offering both curbside pick up and delivery (Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) In order to expedite service, they are excepting online pre-orders only.

Moe Greens (1276 Market St.)

Moe Greens is offering delivery service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week for a variety of products, including flower, pre-rolls, vape pens, topicals, concentrates, edibles, and accessories.

Ona (Delivery)

Ona delivers to Marin County residents from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Mon.-Sat. (last call at 7 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays (last call at 5 p.m.)

Sava (Delivery)

Sava drivers will deliver curbside or to the exterior of an outside building, while maintaining six feet of distance from the customer. Delivery is available in San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin, Contra Costa, Peninsula/South Bay and Greater Tri-Valley areas. Delivery hours and days vary by region.

Urbana on Geary 4811 Geary Blvd.
Urbana off Mission 33 29th St.

Both stores are currently servicing advanced online orders for pick-up only. Both locations are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Orders can be placed at First time customers will receive 20% off their order using promo code URBANANOW.

For more information about what’s legal, responsible use, and access to helpful resources, click here.

Cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and its purchase, possession, distribution, or use within California may be unlawful under federal law. While it is our intention to provide current information, this fact sheet is not for the purpose of providing legal advice and can become outdated. Contact your attorney if you have questions about cannabis, what is (or is not) legal under state or federal law or need legal advice.

Cannabis, marijuana or pot. Whatever you call it, it's now legal in California. Here are the vital facts.