The 650 Guide to Legal Marijuana on the SF Peninsula
Insider insight on the where, when and how to “blaze it” around Silicon Valley
Call it what you will—cannabis, weed, pot, bud, ganj, Mary Jane (just don’t say “grass” if you’re younger than 50)—marijuana has come a very long way since the Dude last lit up.
Not only has cannabis been legalized in the State of California, but it’s also seen an increase in product variety and potency. In fact, cannabis today barely resembles the crumbly green buds that your one cool uncle smoked in high school. Marijuana has gone boutique, and with so many options available — from various vape pens to high-end edibles— it can be hard to know where or what to buy.
For your convenience, the Six Fifty has done some arduous first-hand research to assemble this heady guide to recreational cannabis on and around the SF Peninsula.
The Legal Stuff
With legalization came ambiguity. While most Californians are probably aware of the change, few seem to know the specifics. So before we dive in on where to buy, here is a quick rundown on the legal front.
As of January 2018, cannabis can be sold in California by licensed recreational dispensaries. Persons with government identification proving that they are 21 or older may possess and use up to 28.5 grams (one ounce) of flower (well—buds) or 8 grams of concentrate (essentially just a lump of stony chemicals extracted from the marijuana plant). Edibles are similarly regulated by the amount of THC and/or CBD that they contain.
While the state’s laws are relatively simple, each city in California has the ability to specifically regulate the particulars of how legal marijuana is sold and consumed within their jurisdiction. Here in San Mateo County, city laws essentially adhere to California state law regarding consumption. Basically, don’t smoke in public — especially near schools — or where tobacco smoking is already prohibited. Smoking in multi-family housing, such as an apartment complex, is also banned through essentially the entire Peninsula area. Also, your landlord can still prevent you from smoking in a rented stand-alone home or residence. We recommend double-checking your lease before smoking.
Most notably, San Mateo County has taken a more rigid view of how marijuana is sold—especially when compared to its neighbors in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties—by prohibiting cannabis business storefronts. Essentially, you can’t walk into a dispensary and shop Bed, Bath & Beyond-style for marijuana products. (Mountain View, however, is currently in the process of amending the city’s marijuana business regulations, but locals remain split on the matter.)
Finally, it is worth keeping in mind that the possession or consumption of cannabis or cannabis-infused goods is still illegal under federal law (so don’t light up on Alcatraz).
Delivery services: your best bet for the Peninsula
When it comes to your options on the Peninsula, the good news is that there are a plethora of delivery services that operate just like a dispensary minus the physical store location. Think of it like GrubHub, but with weed.
The downside to delivery services is that not all services give the face-to-face attention you might want from a dispensary customer service. Still, calling and asking a budtender for a recommendation from their menu is always worth a shot. You can also have a look around the web on a site like Leafly, which is dedicated to cataloging thousands of cannabis strains and educating readers on legal cannabis use in general.
Weedmaps is one of the most comprehensive marijuana-acquisition websites available. Like Leafly, the Weedmaps Learn page is a treasure trove of information about everything from laws to lingo. Weedmaps also shows customer reviews, delivery menus and special promotions for each dispensary and delivery service listed on their website. Many delivery services list their contact information and link to their website from Weedmaps, allowing users to order online or over the phone.
A third option is Eaze, a company with California offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles that delivers cannabis products within legal areas statewide. Unlike some of the smaller delivery operations available on the Peninsula, Eaze can deliver pretty much anywhere in the 650 and carries a curated selection of the many products usually available from storefront dispensaries. Prices for flower range from the $15 eighth (3.5 grams) of Old Pal Shareable Flower to the $100 bliss pen from dosist, a company that specializes in vaporizers that measure precise dosages of the company’s cannabis formulas. Eaze has a minimum order value of $25, making the service a good option for patients who consume less cannabis than others.
If you want to support a more local business or get a more personal approach it is same to go with one of these top options below. While the options listed above are all valid resources for finding a delivery service, we thought we’d include some of our own recommendations based on delivery service area, ratings and reviews from across the Internet, and the variety of available products.
Higher Ground Delivery — SF - San Mateo County - Santa Clara
Higher Ground delivers organic, Clean Green Certified marijuana grown in Mendocino County to the entire Bay Area — as well as the usual assortment of brand-name flower, concentrate vape pods and edibles. Higher Ground also carries Rick Simpson Oil, an extremely potent type of high-CBD concentrate that is popular with patients seeking cannabis for medical purposes. Delivery hours are 10am to 11pm every day. Orders must be for at least $99 worth of product and can be paid for with cash, cashier’s checks or Bitcoin.
The Loaded Bowl — South San Francisco
The big draw of The Loaded Bowl is their $100 Loaded Deal. The deal includes a combo of solid-quality flower from Sonoma County and Julian Marley’s own organic cannabis brand, as well as two bags of edibles by Mellow. Also, in true Bay Area form, you can pay your delivery driver using Venmo or cash. The Loaded Bowl operates from 10am to 10pm from Wednesday through Monday and has a $50 minimum order for delivery.
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