Things to know about legal weed in California

Published Dec 14, 2021 02:00 p.m. ET
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California is one of many US states where cannabis is legal for recreational use, but rules and regulations here vary greatly from neighbouring regions, so it’s important to take the time to brush up on local laws before you plan a visit. If you’re planning an adventure to San Francisco for some 420 friendly entertainment, then we highly recommend checking this list so that there are no awkward or problematic bumps in your vacation.

The facts

  • Consumers must be at least 21 years of age to purchase cannabis products from California dispensaries

  • It is illegal to drive when you’re high

  • An adult may possess just under an ounce (28.5 grams) of cannabis plant materials as well as 8 grams of concentrates or less

  • It is illegal for California dispensaries to serve underage patrons

  • Smoking, vaping or eating cannabis products is prohibited in public spaces like parking lots, businesses, parks, or sidewalks

  • It is illegal to smoke or vape weed in any space where tobacco is prohibited (i.e. Bars, restaurants, other buildings that are open to the public, within 15 feet of a ventilation system or doorway)

  • Even though cannabis is legal in California, consumers are not allowed to use it on federal land, which includes national parks, Ocean beach, Alcatraz Island, and Marin Headlands

  • Consumers may enjoy cannabis only on private property. However, property owners such as landlords are allowed to prohibit the possession and use of it if they so choose

  • It is illegal to take cannabis from California dispensaries over state lines, even if you’re on your way to a neighbouring region where cannabis is legal

  • California dispensaries must be licensed by the state to sell cannabis products to the public

  • Cannabis dispensaries here have essential status, which means that they will stay open no matter what happens

  • Many marijuana stores in California offer delivery and curbside pickup

California dispensaries and cannabis businesses that deliver

If you’re heading out for a vacation in California, then you’re probably not too familiar with the area, and that is especially true if it’s your first time which is why it’s really helpful to keep a list of dispensaries and other related stores that will come right to you. These are some of the highest-rated green businesses in the area that you can use to stock up once you arrive.

Moe Greens
Location: 1276 Market Street
Hours: 10am to 7pm
Open: 7 days a week

Barbary Coast Dispensary
Location: 952 Mission Street
Hours: 10am to 8pm
Open: 7 days a week

Location: Greater Tri-Valley, East Bay, Marin, South Bay, and Marin
Hours: Hours vary depending on the area
Open: Limited hours on Sundays

MediThrive Cannabis Dispensary and Delivery
Location: 1933 Mission Street
Hours: 10am to 8pm
Open: 7 days a week

Eureka Sky
Location: 3989 17th Street
Hours: 12pm to 5pm
Open: 7 days a week

Location: Marin County
Hours: 10am to 8pm
Open: Limited hours on Sunday

Location: 4811 Geary Street & 33 29th Street
Hours: 11am to 7 pm
Open: 7 days a week

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