Oakland has a long history of social justice activism and also serves as a haven for artists, musicians, and culture creators pushed out of San Francisco by the affordable housing crisis. So it’s no wonder that the cannabis movement has deep roots in the city, including a vibrant community of activists and entrepreneurs who’ve won the support of local politicians while pushing for a progressive approach to regulation.
Visitors can enjoy hip coffee shops, art galleries, and eateries that reflect the multicultural soul of the city, while stocking up at pioneering cannabis dispensaries run by dedicated activists like Steve DeAngelo, Debby Goldsberry and Aundre Speciale, who’ve devoted decades of their lives to ending the war on weed and promoting responsible use of the plant.
Click here to view a map of Oakland cannabis shops on Leafly.
- Cannabis is legal in California for adults age 21 and older. Bring a valid, unexpired form of ID to get into retail stores.
- It’s legal to carry up to one ounce of cannabis flower as well as eight grams of extract.
- You can grow up to six plants.
- Adults 21 and older can gift each other cannabis and transport it. Cannabis must be unopened and locked in the trunk, like booze.
- No driving or boating high. No open containers or half-smoked joints.