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Police Code Article 16 Regulation of Cannabis

Health Code Article 8A Cannabis Consumption

Health Code Article 33 Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis Voluntary Identification Card Program
California State Agencies:

Bureau of Cannabis Control

CA Dept of Public Health

CA Dept of Food & Ag

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Medical Cannabis Dispensary Program

Important Announcement

On January 5, 2018, Article 16 of the San Francisco Police Code went into effect in the City and County of San Francisco. Article 16 establishes a regulatory and permitting scheme for cannabis businesses. Also on January 5, 2018, amendments to Article 33 of San Francisco's Health Code went into effect. Article 33 regulates medical cannabis dispensaries, and will remain in effect until December 31, 2018.

The following changes were made to Article 33:
  • Starting January 1, 2018, a person may not file and the Department of Public Health may not accept an application for a medical cannabis dispensary permit.
  • A cooperative or collective that distributes cannabis to more than 10 persons during any consecutive 30-day period will be presumed to have 10 or more members, and will require a permit under Article 33.
  • A medical cannabis dispensary must be operated from a fixed place of business. It may not be operated out of a bus, truck, car, van, or any other mobile location or location that is capable of being mobile.
  • Starting January 5, 2018, a medical cannabis dispensary that meets the eligibility criteria in Section 3322 of the Health and Safety Code and receives authorization from the City and County of San Francisco and the State of California may Sell Adult Use Cannabis and Cannabis Products for a period of 120 days.
  • Starting April 1, 2018, a medical cannabis dispensary will no longer be authorized by Article 33 to engage in the cultivation of cannabis.

The Department of Public Health will continue processing permits for businesses who submitted their applications prior to January 5, 2018. If you have any questions, please send an email to

For more information about changes to San Francisco's cannabis laws, please visit the San Francisco Office of Cannabis.



Making a Complaint

If you would like to make a complaint regarding MCD permits, you may call 311.

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San Francisco Department of Public Health Environmental Health Branch