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On January 1, 2018, California legalized cannabis use by adults 21 and older. San Francisco is moving to regulate both existing and new cannabis businesses.
In 2018, you can apply to the City of San Francisco for a cannabis permit if your business:
All other businesses may submit cannabis permit applications in 2019. If you apply in 2019, you can start now to meet your permit application requirements.
The City of San Francisco is in the process of establishing cannabis related regulations. If you want to be involved in this process, you can submit written comments regarding the proposed rules and regulations to the Office of Cannabis.
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.
The California Department of Public Health provides information on the penalties for:
Local businesses are required to receive state approval. More information is available from state agencies responsible for regulating cannabis:
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