San Francisco’s Commercial Cannabis Rollout Will Be Delayed

San Francisco may be known for its progressive policies but, come January 1, it will still be stuck in the past. The city is joining a number of others in delaying the issuance of commercial marijuana permits, saying it needs more time to develop rules and regulations for the cannabis industry.

San Francisco’s motivations are a little different from those driving other municipalities though. While some cities have been bogged down by permitting and enforcement details, San Francisco’s eyes are on social justice. The city wants an equity program in place to ensure people of color and those with prior marijuana convictions have ample opportunity to get in on the green rush.

Oakland became the first city to approve a cannabis equity program in March. It took a long time, plus months of bickering and council infighting.  

Learn more about San Francisco’s plans here