Getting stoned in San Francisco is not a new trend.
Stretching back to the Summer of Love in 1969, cannabis and our fair city have always shared a bit of common DNA. Most directly, San Francisco’s reputation as a haven for the LGBTQ community set the stage for activists responding to the AIDS epidemic to make decriminalizing cannabis a top priority. In 1996, California passed the first medical marijuana law in the U.S.
In 2018, the situation took another huge step forward with the advent of legalized adult-use (sometimes known as recreational) cannabis. Anyone age 21 or older is now welcome to buy and consume cannabis in California. That means international visitors too, provided you have a valid form of ID to present.
With so many options to consider when it comes to cannabis in San Francisco, it can easily feel overwhelming. Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you make the most of the local pot scene.
Where to smoke
San Francisco is a liberal place, but that doesn’t mean you can light a joint while strolling through Union Square. In fact, it’s technically illegal to smoke cannabis anywhere other than your private residence or in a licensed consumption lounge. It wouldn’t be accurate to say this law is enforced very stringently, given people pretty much smoke everywhere, but that doesn’t mean you should too.
Assuming your lodgings won’t suffice, your best bet is to visit a consumption lounge. There are several in San Francisco, including Moe Green’s, Harvest on Geary, and Barbary Coast. Rules vary slightly by dispensary, but expect to purchase an item on-site for access to a lounge.
If you prefer to take your