Where to Buy Legal Weed in San Francisco
From delivery services to in-person experiences, here is a guide to the best dispensaries in SF.
Cannabis has been open for recreational use in California—meaning no medical card needed—since 2016, so you might already have a go-to shop you love, but in case the upcoming 4/20 holiday has inspired you to branch out, you’re looking for a new selection of products, or just need a spot that delivers past 7 pm, we’ve put together a list of our favorites, all of which offer quality and variety in oils, vapes, flowers, edibles, and everything in between (including a few consumption lounges).
And if you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate 4/20 with other like minds, it’s official: the free 420 Hippie Hill celebration in Golden Gate Park is officially returning this year after two sobering years without it. There will be live performances by local legends like Berner and tributes to comedians Robin Williams and Bob Saget (plus an appearance by Mike Tyson), food trucks, on-site cannabis sales, and more.
The list of things to love about this dispensary is long, but it definitely starts with the fact that it’s a Black-, woman- and SF-native-owned shop (and the first Equity Retail Cannabis Dispensary in San Francisco independently owned by a WOC). In fact, owner Reese Benton actually played an integral role in shaping San Francisco’s policy and framework of bringing equity to the city’s cannabis industry. What we also love is that the space clearly benefits from a woman’s touch. Dubbed the “Nordstrom of Cannabis,” the dispensary is more sophisticated than your average pot shop with navy walls, stylish furniture, brass accents throughout, and a high-level of friendly and knowledgeable customer service to match. The products are top-shelf and you can feel good about buying them because Posh Green makes it a point to support local farmers and greenhouse vendors.
How to order: Open for in-store shopping from 11 am to 8 pm, Monday–Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm. Order pickup and delivery online. Delivery is available Monday–Saturday from 4–7 pm in San Francisco and Peninsula.
SF native and former pro-boxer Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield grew up in the Fillmore and struggled to find a job because of an arrest and a weed charge when he was 18 years old. Now, he owns a dispensary and says he not only wants to give people a trusted place to purchase a product he believes has numerous healing benefits, but to serve his community by “continuing the fight for social and racial justice in memory of [his] brother” who was killed by a BART transit cop in Oakland in 2018 (who was later found by a jury to have used unreasonable force). The store carries world-class products, including many from Black-owned brands, and is known for “not being complicated or overpriced.”
How to order: Open seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm for in-store shopping and pickup.
Oakland and San Leandro
Put simply, the legal cannabis industry would not be where it is today without the work of Steve and Andrew DeAngelo, co-founders of Harborside and legendary cannabis activists and entrepreneurs. The pioneering dispensary was the first anywhere to do cannabis lab testing, both for safety screening and potency analysis. Today you’ll find an assortment of top-shelf products and gear, presented by a peacemaking, well-trained staff who subscribe to the DeAngelo motto that “the vibe attracts the tribe.”
How to order: Harborside’s Oakland location is open for in-store shopping (10 am to 8 pm), and delivery (10 am to 7 pm) with a $50 to $150 minimum depending on where you are in the Bay Area. Keep an eye out for a new location in SF’s Upper Haight (on Stanyan) that looks like it’ll be open soon.
Haight Street may have tons of headshops for all of your paraphernalia needs, but Berner’s was the first dispensary to arrive on our very own Shakedown Street. (It will soon be joined by a new Harborside location on Stanyan, however.) The dispensary is a local collaboration from Shawn Richard, a partner of SF’s Cannabis Equity Program who was personally affected by the War on Drugs, and Berner, aka Gilbert Milam, a Galileo High School dropout who made his bones in the cannabis industry in the 1990s working at SF’s Hemp Center medicinal cannabis dispensary. The dispensary has more than 60 strains of flower on offer, including Berner’s signature Cookies line, as well as a full menu of drinks, edibles, tinctures, vapes, and prerolls.
How to order: Berner’s is open from 9 am to 10 pm for in-store shopping and pickup. Delivery is not available at this time.
It just wouldn’t be the Bay Area if a weed shop didn’t sport some insane level of technology to view your bud. Therefore, Medithrive has a camera with a macro lens displaying flowers on a 4K monitor for optimized #nugporn glory. There’s also a strong mix of health and wellness products like Canndescent vape cartridges and Releaf capsules from multi-time Cannabis Cup topicals winner Papa & Barkley.
How to order: Medithrive is open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery ($50 minimum). Store hours are 9 am to 10 pm, seven days a week.
Lower Haight and Lower Nob Hill
Swap bud for tech, and this sleek space could easily be an Apple store. You’ll get the same care you would from the Genius Bar, and you can be sure that each product has been through rigorous testing for purity and strength. Peruse the extensive menu from a big screen behind the counter if you know what you’re after, or rely on the patient and knowledgeable staff to walk you through the offerings and explain the difference between the strains.
How to order: Sparc is open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery. Online orders are encouraged. Store hours vary based on location, but all locations are open daily.
Marina, Castro, SoMa, Berkeley
The four Apothecariums sprinkled throughout SF and Berkeley (as well as Nevada, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) represent the high-end future of cannabis. Each one recalls the lobby of a stylish boutique hotel. The Castro location even won Architectural Digest’s Award for Best Cannabis Space in the country. If you’re looking for one-on-one consultations with a knowledgeable budtender in a location that makes you feel like stoner royalty, this is your jam. Not only do they offer impeccable service, but the organization is committed to community engagement and hosts educational events for healthcare professionals and medical patients, and has donated more than $350,000 to local nonprofits since 2011. The Apothecarium also offers a rewards points program: Every pre-taxed dollar spent equals one point. Points are initially worth $5 per 100, but as you accumulate more, the value grows.
How to order: All SF Apothecarium locations are open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery. You can schedule a free consultation via phone, web, or video. All locations are open daily from 9 am to 9:30 pm.
Modeled after Amsterdam coffee shops and recalling San Francisco’s Prohibition past, this bar-like dispensary is doing its part to bring a little old-school SF glamour to the cannabis scene, while offering state-of-the-art smoking, dabbing, and vaping tools, all of which are open for your cannabis-partaking enjoyment, which you can find in the form of high-quality flowers, pre-rolls, premium vape cartridges, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and accessories.
How to order: Barbary Coast is open for in-store shopping, consumption, online pre-order, and free delivery ($50 minimum) daily from 8am to 9:45pm.
Bright, clean, and mellow, Bloom Room is your friendly, down-to-earth neighborhood shop. The budtenders have time to offer a little more personal care and attention and the chill vibe is a little more stoner-friendly. If you’re new to cannabis, you can count on guidance and suggestions. Plus, Bloom Room always has great deals, including $25 eighths (strains rotate weekly) and daily deals that will get you 10% to 20% off. Join the collective and look forward to getting access to community events, art demonstrations, volunteer opportunities, and product samples.
How to order: Bloom Room is open for in-store shopping and in-store pick-up. Store hours are 11 am to 8 pm daily.
Lower Nob Hill
Located on the corner of Polk and Post, this petite, discreet storefront feels a little like an under-the-radar dive bar, but one that doesn’t sacrifice quality. What really makes this place shine is its massive menu and the knowledgeable, friendly staff. All the budtenders are patient enough to hear what you’re looking for and can offer recommendations while guiding you to the best deals and values. Sign up for the rewards program to earn points that you can redeem for discounts and giveaways.
How to order: Grass Roots is open for in-store shopping and free delivery ($50 minimum). Store hours are 8 am to 10 pm daily.
A lot of SF dispensaries seem eager to shed weed’s misunderstood reputation with their crisp, white interiors and painstaking professionalism. That’s understandable—and perhaps necessary for some—but if you’re looking for a more relaxed scene that looks a lot more like what you’d expect from a place where you buy cannabis (think: blacklights and trippy art), head to The Green Cross which, while no less professional, has a small-business vibe some of the posher dispensaries lack. It’s also community-focused and strives to promote social equity in the neighborhood, which, by shopping there, you’ll help support. The blacklight, neon, and psychedelic art are a little nod to marijuana’s youthful stoner side and set this spot apart from the pack. Cash only, but there’s an ATM on site.
How to order: The Green Cross is open for in-store shopping and pickup. Store hours are 8 am to 8 pm, Monday–Saturday, and 9 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
This swanky cannabis destination is so much more than a dispensary. The 1,500-square-foot space has a mid-century/speakeasy feel with dedicated areas for vaping, smoking (in a dimly-lit “High Roller” room), and a dab lounge (“The Vault”). All of the tables even have USB ports and charges, plus fast Wi-Fi throughout in case your WFH vibe is more smoke shop than coffee shop. It’s also an excellent spot for premium products and knowledgeable staff eager to help guide you and answer any questions. Check the events page for daily deals, like Wyld Wednesday—buy two Wyld gummies and get the third one for a buck.
How to order: Moe Greens is open for in-store shopping, consumption, pickup, and delivery. Store hours are 9 am to 10 pm every day.
Inner Richmond and Mission
Urbana is the kind of place you’d send your just-now-getting-into-cannabis mom to shop for the first time. It’s the perfect place to be introduced to the world of THC and CBD in all of their many forms. It feels familiar in a fancy boutique pharmacy kind of way and is full of friendly consultants to help you learn and find what you need, no matter your knowledge or comfort level. Know exactly what you want? Urbana is also excellent for the seasoned shopper.
How to order: Urbana is open for in-store shopping, pickup, and delivery. Store hours are 10 am to 9 pm daily.