San Francisco is the fourth most populous city in the state of California and the thirteenth in the U.S. overall. Progressive and against conservative ideas, the city declared an amnesty for all marijuana-related crimes since 1975 after the California law decriminalising cannabis came into effect.
The victory of the “yes” vote on Proposition 64 in 2016 resulted in a complete cannabis legalisation and wiped out all convictions related to marijuana consumption since 1945 in San Francisco, upon petition of those affected.
San Francisco Supports Cannabis Users
In November 2016, California passed a law decriminalising cannabis cultivation and the sale and use of marijuana for recreational purposes. The statute became effective on January 1st, 2017 and, from that moment on, the industry has never stopped thriving. In fact, measures were taken so as to allow this sector to keep growing despite the pandemic.
In July 2019, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco (California, U.S.A.) unanimously approved an ordinance to suspend the city’s Cannabis Business Tax through December 31st, 2022 in an effort to stop the illegal market and boost growers and companies that produce cannabis. San Francisco imposed a 1%-5% tax on gross earnings of cannabis companies in 2018, intended to become applicable as from January 1st, 2022.
Post-COVID Dispensaries and Cannabis Shops
As happened with other locations across California, San Francisco had banned the use of cannabis at licensed lounges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The use of masks and sanitary measures drew customers away from dispensaries, cafés, and other authorised venues where users gathered to share weed and smoke in compliance with the law. The good news is that, as from February 16th, all these venues will be open to the public, receiving users who prefer doing cannabis inside clubs, dispensaries, and lounges in the same way they had been doing since 2019.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health gave green light to marijuana lounges to host their customers again, as well as lifting mask mandates indoors. The sole requirement to enter smokers’ lounges is showing a proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test validated by a laboratory.