City of San Francisco
Regulations for Marijuana Related Commercial Activity
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.
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.
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.
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
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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