Both San Francisco and Oakland have a long history with most aspects of the Cannabis industry. As San Francisco became the first city to pass an ordinance—with a 79% support rate— in favor of medical patients having access to cannabis in 1991, and Oakland is the home of Oaksterdam University, it is safe to say these two cities have been “pro-marijuana” for quite some time.
Both cities are focused on creating local legislation as soon as possible both to comply with the new MMRSA guidelines as well as in anticipation of a potential adult use bill in 2016 or whenever one is passed.
San Francisco currently hosts twenty eight dispensaries and countless delivery services, however qualified space (1000ft from a school, rehab center etc..) has become very difficult to find, and delivery services are still up in the air on if they need a brick and mortar dispensary to operate.
Oakland has an arbitrary cap of eight dispensaries (which will hopefully be lifted soon) and it’s delivery services operate under the same uncertainty.
As both cities are urban centers, cultivation is unique in the sense that it is done 100% indoors.
One of the primary issues cultivators in San Francisco are currently facing is while nothing is actually in writing, the city does not consider a cultivation facility “compliant” unless it is directly connected to and vouched for by a brick and mortar dispensary. As the inverse is not the case (the dispensaries are not required to justify where their product comes from) cultivators are put at a major disadvantage when negotiating cultivation and reciprocal agreements.
San Francisco recently formed its Cannabis State Legalization Task force which will advise the Board of Supervisors on regulating the marijuana industry.
The Oakland City Council along with the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission are currently working together to pass legislation within the next few months, to make Oakland one of the first cities in the state with robust cannabis policy.
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