Adult-Use Cannabis is Here

On January 1st, California law allows adults 21 and older to buy cannabis from a licensed retail outlet.

See the full list of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries that have received temporary adult-use sales authorization in San Francisco.

Be safe: consume responsibly

If it is your first time using cannabis, be cautious. Consuming too much cannabis may lead to unwanted effects. The symptoms of using too much can include:

  • confusion, anxiety, panic, or paranoia
  • hallucinations or delusions
  • increased blood pressure
  • fast heart rate
  • severe nausea and vomiting

If you or someone you know has any of the symptoms above, call the Poison Control Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 for help anytime. If the symptoms are severe, call 911 or go to an emergency room.

San Francisco and California Law

Many laws on cannabis are the same in all of California, but cities and counties can make certain regulations stricter or more relaxed. For example, San Francisco allows you to smoke or vape onsite in some medicinal cannabis dispensaries, but other cities don’t allow it. You should check the cannabis laws in other California jurisdictions before using cannabis there.

Federal Law

Even though cannabis is legal under California law, it is still considered an illegal drug by the federal government. Federal authorities may arrest and prosecute individuals who violate federal law, even if their conduct is legal under state and local law.

Many places in California, like airports, national parks, federal buildings, and military installations are policed by federal authorities.

If you have questions or concerns about compliance with federal law, you should seek legal advice.


Read the California Department of Public Health brochures for information on:

More information

If you want to buy, use, transport or grow cannabis, more information is available: