Events where cannabis is popular - like 4/20 - may now apply for a permit, SF supervisors say
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

Though it’s been common for years, smoking cannabis at San Francisco events like 4/20 on Hippie Hill and Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park has never been legal.

But the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance Tuesday to create a special permit allowing people to sell and consume cannabis legally at public events that have historically attracted a lot of smoke. According to the Office of Cannabis, those events are: 4/20, Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, How Weird Street Faire, Clusterfest comedy festival, Carnaval and the annual Pride Parade.

The law gives the Office of Cannabis the authority to grant temporary waivers to the city’s no-smoking laws, which are some of the toughest in the country.

“We need to recognize the reality that people are going to be smoking cannabis whether or not we allow it,” said Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, sponsor of the ordinance. “If we want to effectively regulate those events, we need a provision like this.”

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