San Francisco County

Regulations for Cannabis Related Commercial Activity

County Description

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California and the only consolidated city-county in California. San Francisco encompasses a land area of about 46.9 square miles (121 km2) on the northern end of the San Francisco Peninsula, which makes it the smallest county in the state. It has a density of about 18,451 people per square mile (7,124 people per km2), making it the most densely settled large city (population greater than 200,000) in the state of California and the second-most densely populated major city in the United States after New York City. San Francisco is the fourth-most populous city in California, after Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Jose, and the 13th-most populous city in the United States—with a Census-estimated 2015 population of 864,816. The city and its surrounding areas are known as the San Francisco Bay Area, and are a part of the larger OMB-designated San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland combined statistical area, the fifth most populous in the nation with an estimated population of 8.7 million.

Political Statistics

County Board of Supervisors

State Senate

CA State Senate (District 11)
Senator Mark Leno -DEM

State Assembly

CA State Assembly (District 17)
Assembly Member David Chiu -DEM

US Congress

U.S. Congress – House of Representatives- (12th District)
Senator Nancy Pelosi – DEM

US Senators

U.S. Senators –State of California
Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein

CULTIVATION

APPROVED

Cultivation ARTICLE 33: MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT, SEC. 3308. OPERATING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

Cultivation: Medical Cannabis Dispensary – MCDs may not maintain more than ninety-nine (99) cannabis plants in up to 100 square feet of total garden canopy measured by the combined vegetative growth area.

Article 33 SEC. 3302. MEDICAL CANNABIS GUIDELINES

Pursuant to the authority granted under Health and Safety Code section 11362.77, the City and County of San Francisco enacts the following medical cannabis guidelines:

  • (a) A qualified patient, person with a valid identification card, or primary caregiver may possess no more than eight ounces of dried cannabis per qualified patient. In addition, a qualified patient, person with a valid identification card, or primary caregiver may also maintain no more than twenty-four (24) cannabis plants par qualified patient or up to 25 square feet of total garden canopy measured by the combined vegetative growth area.
  • (b) If a qualified patient, person with an identification card, or primary caregiver has a doctor’s recommendation that this quantity does not meet the qualified patient’s medical needs, the qualified patient, person with an identification card, or primary caregiver may possess an amount of cannabis consistent with the patient’s needs.

MANUFACTURING

APPROVED

Manufacturing ARTICLE 33: MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT, SEC. 3308. OPERATING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

Medical cannabis dispensaries shall sell or distribute only cannabis manufactured and processed in the State of California that has not left the State before arriving at the medical cannabis dispensary.

Edible County Marijuana Regulations

Baked medicinal products (i.e. brownies, bars, cookies, cakes), tinctures and other non-refrigerated type items are acceptable for manufacture and sale at MCDs.

RETAIL

APPROVED

San Francisco Regulations for Marijuana Related Commercial activity—Article 33

The Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) Program permits, regulates and inspects medical cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco. Medical cannabis collectives and cooperatives with nine or fewer members are exempt from local permit requirements.

These regulations are issued under the authority of Article 33, Sec.3301-3321 of the San Francisco Health Code, and in accordance with California Health and Safety Code, Section 11362.7 et seq., and California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5 (Compassionate Use Act of 1996).
Director’s Rules and Regulations San Francisco Medical Cannabis Dispensary (MCD) Inspection Program, Issued August 2008.

ARTICLE 33: MEDICAL CANNABIS ACT, SEC. 3308. OPERATING REQUIREMENTS FOR MEDICAL CANNABIS DISPENSARY

  • (c) The medical cannabis dispensary shall operate on a not for profit basis. It shall receive only compensation for the reasonable costs of operating the dispensary, including reasonable compensation incurred for services provided to qualified patients or primary caregivers to enable that person to use or transport cannabis pursuant to California Health and Safety Code Section 11362.7 et seq., or for payment for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred in providing those services, or both. Reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may include reasonable expenses for patient services, rent or mortgage, utilities, employee costs, furniture, maintenance and reserves. Sale of medical cannabis to cover anything other than reasonable compensation and reasonable out-of-pocket expenses is explicitly prohibited”

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