Marijuana sales begin in San Francisco

Customers line up outside MedMen in West Hollywood on Tuesday. Marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco have now also begun selling recreational pot.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco have begun selling recreational pot for the first time, joining many other cities in California.

Six dispensaries confirmed Saturday that they’re selling recreational marijuana. They all received their state licenses to sell on Friday.

One of them, Apothecarium, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local politicians and even offered a 20% discount for people who brought their mothers.

Eliot Dobris, head of community outreach at Apothecarium, says the business wanted to show that dispensaries are “respectable places that you can be proud to bring your mom to.”


Recreational marijuana became legal in California on Monday, but some municipalities hadn’t authorized shops in time for them to sell right away.

Sales began nearly a week ago in other parts of the state including West Hollywood, Santa Ana, San Diego and Berkeley.