The Definitive Cannabis Travel Guide to Oakland | Leafly
Thursday, Apr 28, 2016

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Oakland, California is one of the most vibrant, diverse, and culturally rich cities in America. Often overshadowed by its sparkly sister across the Bay, Oakland offers a kind of cultural freedom, pugnacious spirit, and economic diversity that San Francisco long ago lost. The weird, the hip, the punk, the blue collar, the quirky, the hard-working, the straight, the queer—all are welcome in The Town. And as Oakland solidifies its place at the cutting edge of the California cannabis movement, cannabis enthusiasts of all stripes are warmly welcomed here, too.

Cannabis legality: Medical (18+, med card and ID required)

Nicknames: Oaktown, The Town, Bump City

Population: 406,253

Claims to fame: Jack London, Angela Davis, The Raiders, Green Day, Steph Curry

For the record: Oakland has more artists per capita than any city in the nation.

At 4:20 p.m., you are: Ordering an Uber X after checking into your room at the Inn at Temescal, a newly redone hipster motel in the city’s up-and-coming Temescal district. Point your driver to 1840 Embarcadero, home to Harborside Health Center, California’s most iconic medical marijuana dispensary. Founded by MMJ pioneer Steve DeAngelo, Harborside remains the gold standard for dispensaries nationwide. Some flower strains sell out, but they’re followed by others that hit the dispensary floor soon after they’re purchased from local farmers. The selection is wide –edibles, concentrates, dozens of flower strains – so you’ll have no trouble finding plenty to purchase.