I live in California, a state that just signed into law a bill that allows people to break the windows of cars if they suspect a dog inside is suffering from heat exhaustion.
Specifically, I live in San Francisco, a city where people step over the homeless with nary a care in the world yet will fly into histrionics if they see a lost chihuahua wandering the street. There is no judgment surrounding either of these statements, I’m just alluding to the fact that this is a fairly liberal area (even if folks pick when they employ it).
You would think, then, with such a laissez-faire attitude San Francisco and it’s sister across the bridge, Oakland, would be the go-to places to cop some weed. After all, this is the birthplace of the hippie, home of the Mack.
And you know what? You’d be right.
But not if you’re a tourist, you don’t have a valid California ID, you’re paranoid about being in some mythical database somewhere or you’re underage (NOTE: KushCA does NOT condone underage smoking).
However, I get it. I really do, because I was once like you too.
It took me awhile to get a cannabis card, years after I moved to the Bay Area in fact. I remember my first official summer living here some friends from Chicago came out for a visit and wanted to score some ganja. Me not having a flipping clue where to score weed came up with the brilliant idea to try to cop in this neighborhood I had heard of, called the Tenderloin. It looked shady enough and where I’m from, Chicago, shady is what gets you ganja.
Anyways we made our way down there, asking random people where they knew where to buy weed, all the while being greeted with looks like we were the stupidest fools on the block (which, needless to say, we were). Eventually, we ran into a nice, young white dreadlocked chap who took us on a goose chase to end all goose chases for 3 phat bags of crack cocaine.
The takeaway here is.. don’t try to score weed in the Tenderloin. That was really the only point of that story. However, I can tell you 8 places where you can buy weed in San Francisco and Oakland with or without a medical marijuana card. Read on my friend.
Corner of Market St. and Jones St. (San Francisco, CA)
I was lying about that whole Tenderloin thing. What I meant to say is don’t try to buy weed in the heart of the Loin. Because there’s a better spot, a little strip on Market St. between, say about 7th street until you hit Jones, where you will be flanked by young black men kindly inquiring if you want marijuana. You will notice them because they are perpetually rolling blunts, yet you will never smell any weed in their vicinity. Well, your senses are not deceiving you, that’s just a sign. That person has weed. And he wants to sell it to you for an exorbitant price. And if you accept his offer you will buy it from him because if you don’t…well let’s just say it’s rude to decline.
Upper Haight Street (San Francisco, CA)
I always get this one mixed up. Is it the Upper Haight which is by Golden Gate Park, or is that Lower Haight? Do I really care? The world may never know. What I do know is when I first moved out here Haight Street was my reluctant last choice to go score some weed. Why? Because even in the early 2000’s those damn capitalist hippies were selling $20 bags for $60 in front of the McDonalds.
Now I can’t lie, if you do happen to cop from the street kids on Upper Haight it will be some good shit. But your bag will be woefully lacking. Luckily for you, unlike the brothers on Market Street, some of them might be willing to haggle a bit with the price.
Golden Gate Park (San Francisco, CA)
This may sound strange, and that’s because I’m talking about Golden Gate Park, but if you actually bypass all the street kids on Haight Street and make your way to the park you will find a lot more people selling pot and at varying prices. I would actually be remiss to say Golden Gate Park, particularly by Hippie Hill, is an open-air drug market of sorts, but I don’t like to spread rumors.
Oakland Coliseum Flea Market (Oakland, CA)
Every Sunday in Oakland there is a huge open-air swap meet where people congregate to sell everything from shoes to food to flat irons to wait, what? Weed?
Yes, located towards the back area of the market you will notice a steady stream of people flowing in and out of a nondescript white van. This van has been there for years, and no they are not selling ice cream out of it. They are selling Blue Dream dammit, which is just as tasty, just as refreshing (and unlike the street kids on Haight, meth heads In Golden Gate park or the brothers on Market Street, you will get a fairly reasonable price and amount). Don’t tell them KushCA sent you. In fact, don’t tell them anyone sent you at all. Just act like you belong and eventually you will.
Dolores Park (San Francisco, CA)
Dolores Park, while consistently engorged with intoxicated millennials and scantily clad gay bears, is actually rather hit or miss when it comes to copping some giggle sticks. Not that it’s not there, you just have to wait around and look sad enough for some kind dealer to take pity on you and offer to sell you a sack. I say on average you’ll be waiting around for 10 to 15 mins if it’s busy enough.
There’s also the young man who strolls the park selling medicated truffles from a cauldron slung across his neck, he’s there fairly consistently. I guess Dolores shouldn’t be considered a miss, should it?
Craigslist ( San Francisco & Oakland, CA)
I can’t begin to tell you how many times people have asked me “You buy weed off Craigslist? But aren’t you worried about police??“
No. To hell with the police (and trust me, the police are already well aware of people selling weed on Craigslist).
Your ability to procure quality weed for a fair, sometimes better price than either the street or dispensaries, are much greater on Craigslist. In fact, CL was the only method I used to buy weed before I got my card.
Here’s how you do it:
- Go to the “For Sale” section of Craigslist.
- Type in 420, Prop 215, or some sort of play on the word cannabis, weed, marijuana and check out the search results
- Contact the person via text and form a new relationship. There’s a good chance this person will be your new weed dealer.
Now the CL weed hack can actually work anywhere recreational or medical marijuana is sold. I’ve even had success buying off CL when I visited Seattle a couple of years ago and stayed in a hotel by the airport.
Don’t believe me? Check out these recent Craigslist post:
Grandaddy , Cookies and Kush Top Shelf Grade Aaa Delivery The Best 420 – $1 (Bay area)
I have grade a grandaddy purple og kush, girl scout cookies, gorilla glue available for delivery all night
I am 420 legal
Half -one hundred ten
Oz- two hundred twenty
Text or call
Still not convinced? Here’s one from Oakland:
Cookies 420 (925)
Cookies prop 215 medical marijuana
Big dense nugs
Good smell and taste
8th $30 Donation
1/4 $50 Donation
1/2 $90 Donation
Oz $160 Donation
Delivery available around local area
By contacting me for delivery, you are acknowledging the following: I am a California resident age 18 or older. I am not a law enforcement officer, nor a postal inspector, or operating under an assumed name or in cooperation with any criminal investigation; nor am I seeking out evidence which may serve as the basis for any charge of violating federal, state, or local laws. I will not use the medication provided for any non-medicinal purposes. Anyone who uses the provided medication for any purposes what so ever, will be assuming their own liability, and are responsible for their own actions. Any donations requested are ONLY compensation for time, nutrients, electricity costs and other factors involved in the process of producing and delivering medical grade marijuana and not toward the sale or purchase of the medicine itself. Cannabis is distributed only in accordance in California Safety Code Section 11362.5(B)(1)(A) & 11362.7(H) Prop 215 and S.B 420.
I mean really, it doesn’t get any easier than this. But beyond ease, you’re also supporting grassroots dealers who are basically a fringe minority at this point (and even fringe minorities need to eat).
Most Medical Marijuana Dispensaries (San Francisco & Oakland)
Okay, so this method requires a little legwork on your part, or at the very least some networking. But it’s doable, granted you’re not a complete sketch-ball.
The list below details a few ways to procure pot from the myriad of dispensaries out here in the bay. And if you’re denied, well try, try again:
- If you know you will be out in the Bay for a while, secure your residency! That way you’ll be eligible to apply for a California State ID. This, in turn, will make you eligible to secure your California pot card. Want to know how to do that? Click this link.
- If you know someone with a pot card simply ask them to grab you a lil’ something next time they go shopping. I often do this when getting goods from a dispensary I have never used before, just to get a sense of quality, price, etc. Remember a closed mouth don’t get fed…or smoked out in this case.
- Craigslist that bi*&h. Seriously, post an ad saying you need weed. You will get on average at least 5 offers and I promise you none of them will be the police.
- Got that card situated? Good, here are some discounts for your dutchie here and here.
- If you simply need a site that aggregates all the dispensaries in the California Bay Area, Weedmaps is a good place to start. Another personal favorite of mine is the site WeBeHigh.
Recreational Pot Shops (Bay Area)
On November 8th, 2016, Californians will vote (for the 2nd time no less) on legalizing recreational marijuana across the state. If this passes, which it is highly likely to do, pot will be accessible to every adult over the age of 21.
When this happens dear reader (and it will– trust me), many of the entries on this list may become obsolete for you. But the beautiful thing is now is a great time to begin doing such things as snapping up domain names and investing in legal California weed because in all honesty the industry is set to explode. If you don’t believe me, well just check what’s happening now in Colorado. Basically, in about a year (the bill will take effect on January 1st, 2018), you’ll be able to stroll into a store in the Bay Area and buy overpriced weed. Yeah, you!
Keep in mind that the list above is not exhaustive, so if you know of any places to cop weed with (or without) a cannabis card please let me know in the comments section!
Legal cannabis will be available in the Bay Area by the beginning of next month (January 5th, 2018). Some dispensaries will begin to sell as early as January 1st, so expect to see long lines similar to those that Nevada recently experienced. Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Ukiah and a few other Bay Area spots will be your best bet to purchase legal weed. Unfortunately for San Francisco, city officials can’t quite get their act together and therefore the city won’t see legal cannabis sales for another couple months (or more). Also if you happen to live in a city or county not mentioned you’re essentially out of luck. More than 90% of cities and counties in California aren’t joining the recreational marijuana movement.
Check below for a list of stores in your area (hopefully) that will begin selling legal weed January 1st, 2018:
- Berkeley Patients Group in Berkeley, CA will begin selling legal weed at 6am, January 1st. Berkeley mayor Jesse Arreguin will be onhand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
- Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA will open at 6a.m January 1st with coffee, donuts and gift bags for the first 100 attendees.
- Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, CA opens at 12pm. January 1st. They hope to top the refreshment game by offering free chili and nachos.
- Purple Heart in Oakland, CA opens at 6a.m January 1st, with free tacos on deck
- Airfield Supply Co. in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m on January 1st, 2018
- Buddy’s Cannabis in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m on January 1st, 2018
- Caliva in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m on January 1st, 2018
- Canna Culture Collective in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m January 1st, 2018
- Elemental Wellness in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m January 1st, 2018
- Harborside Health Center in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m January 1st, 2018
- Purple Lotus in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m January 1st, 2018
- White Fire in San Jose, CA opens at 9a.m January 1st, 2018
If you’re looking to see how California’s new recreational marijuana laws are going to change purchasing pot, click here. For those of you with arthritis, here’s an excerpt:
One silver turd in this whole stinky Prop 64 pile is that Prop 215 has remained relatively untouched, although medical marijuana patients will definitely feel the effects of this new law. As of January 1st, 2018, you will begin to see a new “state excise tax” added to all your orders on TOP of any local taxes you might incur, whether they are purchased with a cannabis card or not. The money generated from these taxes will go to a California Marijuana Tax Fund which will allocate most of its funds (estimated at $1 billion in revenue annually) to marijuana and legalization and research, among other things.
There have been confusing rumors that if you’re a medical marijuana card holder you won’t be privy to these same taxes. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. You medical marijuana patients will also be paying more, as this rule only applies if you have a state-authorized medical card, meaning one you received from a doctor or physician recognized by the state of California. It’s important to note that a state-authorized medical card is not the same as the medical recommendation you received via your stoned quack on Eaze MD or somewhere.
If you are a medical marijuana card holder in the Bay Area (specifically San Francisco), I URGE you to get a real MMIC for the new year, (that’s a Medical Marijuana Identity Card). With your valid, State of California-issued card, you will pay no tax and will save nearly 15% on every purchase. This is definitely worthwhile if your monthly pot tab is $100 or more.
It will cost you $100 ($50 for Medi-Cal i.e low-income patients), and you have to go there in person. In San Francisco the address is as follows:
If you’re not in San Francisco, this link takes you to a California county by county list of state application locations.
For more information about the program, go here.
Also, be prepared to now show your ID along with your rec card anytime you purchase pot through a delivery system, although this is not something you will always have to do. The best thing to keep in mind is that you might need a medical recommendation to get a delivery in one city, but just your ID proving you’re over 21 in another city. In all honesty, it may be time for you to begin frequenting your favorite local dispensary again.
My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.