cannabis do’s and don’ts at the wharf

Since cannabis is legal for recreational use in the state of California, we want to ensure that visitors understand these new policies for the best possible experience at Fisherman’s Wharf. Please observe the following rules and regulations:

  • You must be 21 or older to have, purchase or use recreational cannabis. This includes smoking, vaping and eating cannabis-infused products.
  • It is illegal to consume, smoke, eat or vape cannabis in public.
  • It is illegal to open a package containing cannabis or any cannabis products in public. This includes but is not limited to parks and sidewalks, business and residential areas.
  • Since Aquatic Park is located on federal land, it is illegal to consume or possess cannabis in this area. You cannot consume or possess cannabis on federal lands such as national parks, even if the park is in California where cannabis is legal. Federal land in the San Francisco Bay Area includes the Presidio, Alcatraz Island, the Marin Headlands, and Ocean Beach. 
  • It is also illegal to consume cannabis in other locations where smoking is illegal, including bars, restaurants, buildings open to the public, places of employment and areas within 15 feet of doors and ventilation openings. 
  • You may possess 28.5 grams of cannabis plant material (about an ounce) and 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
  • It is illegal to give or sell retail cannabis to minors.
  • It is illegal to drive under the influence of cannabis.
  • You can consume cannabis on private property, but property owners and landlords may ban the use and possession of cannabis on their properties.
  • It is illegal to take your cannabis across state lines, even if you are traveling to another state where cannabis is legal.
  • Only state licensed establishments may sell retail cannabis products.
  • For more information about what's legal, responsible use, and access to helpful resources, click here.

Cannabis remains classified as a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act, and its purchase, possession, distribution, or use within California may be unlawful under federal law. While it is our intention to provide current information, this fact sheet is not for the purpose of providing legal advice and can become outdated. Contact your attorney if you have questions about cannabis, what is (or is not) legal under state or federal law or need legal advice.