We will preface by saying that although technically illegal, enforcement of public pot smoking has been formally designated as a low priority for San Francisco cops well before legalization. If you are courteous of other peoples airspace, aware of your surroundings and somewhat discreet you should not have an issue smoking weed in (appropriate) public places like local parks or alleyways – away from children.
Public consumption recommendations: Hippie Hill, (Golden Gate Park), Duboce Triangle, Buena Visa Park, Dolores Park & Lake Merced.
Always be sure to avoid land that’s owned or managed by the federal government, including the Presidio, Fort Mason, and Ocean Beach, as marijuana is still illegal on the federal level and they actively ticket for it.
With that said, California is a unique state in that they have made available a permit that allows marijuana dispensaries to include smoking lounges and other consumption areas on-site.
California also allows cities to ban the tasting room model, with the vast majority of them doing just that. However, San Francisco was the first city to allow and embrace coffee-shop style smoking lounges.
Without further ado, here are the top spots for legal consumption in San Fran: