No. The City of San Rafael does not allow cannabis retail storefronts for land use according to Chapter 10.96 of itsl Code of Ordinances. Therefore, there are no marijuana dispensaries in the city.
No. There are no medical marijuana storefronts in San Rafael, as cannabis retail storefronts (medical or recreational) are prohibited in the city under Chapter 10.96 of the San Rafael Code of Ordinances.
Chapter 10.96.050 (c) of the San Rafael Code of Ordinances allows cannabis non-storefronts to operate in the city. Hence, San Rafael residents can order cannabis online from non-storefront retailers licensed by the city council. Also, San Rafael residents can order cannabis from other California cities for delivery to their homes.
There are no retail storefronts to visit in San Rafael. While non-storefront retailers are permitted to operate in the city, their premises are off-limits to the general public.
Since retail storefronts are banned in the city, there are no laws in the San Rafael Code of Ordinances to guide the operations of such businesses. However, non-retail storefronts (cannabis delivery) are permitted to operate in the city and are required to obtain cannabis business licenses from the Department of Cannabis Control and the City of San Rafael licenses before operating in the city.
Also, such businesses are allowed to only deliver cannabis to California addresses and individuals with approved statuses to use recreational or medical marijuana. Hence, no cannabis delivery may be made to persons who do not have legal proof of cannabis use age (21+) or individuals without valid medical cannabis recommendations.
Pursuant to the California Adult Use of Marijuana Act, the following recreational cannabis laws are in effect in San Rafael:
Adults over the age of 21 can legally possess up to 28.35 grams of cannabis or 8 grams of concentrated cannabis for personal use
Recreational cannabis purchases are only legal when made at California-licensed dispensaries
The home cultivation of recreational cannabis is legal. Up to 6 cannabis plants of any maturity level may be grown by adults of legal age. Such cultivation must occur in enclosed, locked spaces out of public view.
Cannabis consumption is prohibited in public places and while driving
San Rafael employers can still maintain drug-free workplaces and prohibit the use of cannabis by employees
Adults of legal age can share cannabis within the permitted limits with other adults of legal age, provided no form of exchange or remuneration is involved in the transfer
Cannabis transportation across state lines is prohibited
Proposition 215 is the main medical cannabis law in San Rafael. The measure is a state law guiding medical cannabis activities statewide. In accordance with the measure:
Patients can possess and use cannabis to treat approved medical conditions if they have valid medical marijuana recommendations. A medical marijuana recommendation is invalid if it is issued by a physician not licensed in California.
Patients with valid medical marijuana recommendations can possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana. If their physicians approve, they may also obtain higher amounts from California-licensed dispensaries
The home cultivation of marijuana plants for personal medical use is legal, provided no more than 6 mature or 12 non-flowering marijuana plants are cultivated. Also, the cultivated plants must be inaccessible to the public
It is illegal to share medical cannabis with patients or non-patients
It is illegal to use medical cannabis on federal property or in public
It is prohibited to move medical cannabis across state lines
Patients are permitted to obtain a voluntary medical marijuana card under the California medical marijuana card identification program (MMICP). The card exempts cardholders from paying sales and use taxes when buying medical cannabis from California-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. Also, the California medical marijuana identification card serves as legal protection against arrest for possessing cannabis
You can obtain a medical marijuana identification card (MMIC) in San Rafael even if you are not a resident of the city. However, you must be a California resident to apply for an MMIC. Another requirement for obtaining an MMIC in San Rafael is that you must obtain a recommendation for medical marijuana use from a California-licensed physician in good standing with the state Osteopathic Medical Board or the state Medical Board.
If you are a minor, you must be lawfully emancipated or of declared self-sufficiency status. If neither, then your parent, legal guardian, or person with approved authority to make medical decisions for you must complete Section 2 of the MMIC application form and be present with you at the MMIC visit.
Note that you must schedule an appointment with the Office of Vital Statistics, Marin County Department of Health and Human Services, to submit your application, as walk-in submissions are not allowed. You can schedule the appointment by calling the Office of Vital Statistics at (415) 473-3288. If you need an application packet, you may also contact the office at the number provided. Alternatively, you may pick up an application packet at:
Office of Vital Statistics
10 N. San Pedro Rd (at reception)
San Rafael, CA 94903
At your appointment, the following will be required:
A completed application form
A current and valid California motor vehicle driver’s license or California Identification Card issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Proof of residency in San Rafael
Written medical marijuana certification completed by your physician or a completed CDPH 9044 form
A $100 application fee. If you are a Medi-Cal beneficiary, you are eligible for a 50% discount on the fee.
Your digital photograph
After verifying the information provided on your application, the State of California will issue your MMIC and send it to the Marin County Office of Vital Statistics. The office will notify you when your card is available for pickup. Note that the entire process may take up to 35 days.
Cannabis use is legal on private properties but illegal in public locations in San Rafael.
There are no physical retail storefronts selling cannabis in San Rafael.
Depending on the strain, 3.5 grams of cannabis flower sell for between $25 and $60, while concentrates sell for about $22 per gram. Note that these prices are from non-storefront retailers and not storefront retailers.
Some popular cannabis strains purchased online by San Rafael residents include:
Smoking in public in San Rafael is illegal.
Possession limits vary depending on whether you use cannabis for medical or recreational purposes. If you are a medical cannabis user, state law permits you to hold up to 8 ounces of concentrated marijuana or more if your physician allows it. Recreational users are only permitted to hold 8 grams of concentrated marijuana or 1 ounce of usable cannabis.
You can ship cannabis from a California city into San Rafael or vice-versa. However, cannabis transportation is illegal if it involves movement across state lines.
Yes, you can order cannabis online in San Rafael.
There are no 24-hour dispensaries in San Rafael.
Dispensaries are banned in the city.
While there are no storefront retailers in the city, you need a government ID to prove you are 21 or older to take delivery of your recreational cannabis purchase.
There are no dispensaries in San Rafael.
Although the city bans the establishment of storefront retailers, non-storefront retailers operating in the city will scan your ID before delivering your order.
There are no cannabis dispensaries in the City of San Rafael.
Credit cards are not accepted by non-storefront retailers operating in the city.
The city has no retail outlets, as cannabis dispensaries are banned there.
Cannabis non-storefront retailers operating in San Rafael do not take health insurance.
Non-storefront retailers operating in the city are required to track sales in accordance with state law.
There are no dispensaries in San Rafael.
The Department of Cannabis Control regulates cannabis operations in San Rafael. To contact the department, use the information on the contact page of the department’s website.
To report illegal marijuana operations in San Rafael, you may file a complaint to the San Rafael Police Department or the State Department of Cannabis Control (DCC). To contact the San Rafael Police Department, call its non-emergency number at (415) 485-3000.