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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.
You can apply for a Cannabis Business Permit in the City of San Francisco if your business:
The City’s goal is to issue at least half of all cannabis permits to Equity businesses before allowing any other types of cannabis businesses to apply.
We are not accepting applications for Cannabis Business Permits yet, but you can start gathering the information that’s required for the application. The Office of Cannabis will email all verified applicants instructions on how to apply for a Cannabis Business Permit (part 1) as soon as the application is available.
After you submit part 1 of the application, you must:
The Office of Cannabis will email you information on the next part of your application after we have received background checks on all owners.
The City of San Francisco is establishing cannabis related regulations. If you want to participate in this process, you can submit written comments regarding the proposed rules and regulations.
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 must comply with state cannabis regulations. Learn more about state requirements:
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