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1609(b)(16) Premises Diagram Rulemaking

Pursuant to Section 1609(b)(16) of the San Francisco Police Code, every Cannabis Business Permit Applicant is required to provide a detailed, scaled diagram of the proposed premises that shows the boundaries of the property and all entrances, exits, interior partitions, walls, rooms, doorways, and common or shared entryways. This diagram must also show the areas in which all Commercial Cannabis Activity will take place, including but not limited to areas where access will be limited to employees of the Cannabis Business and where customer access will be prohibited. If the proposed premises consists of only a portion of property then the diagram shall reflect the premises used for Cannabis activity and describe the use for the remaining portion of the property.

The following rules apply to the development of the premises diagram requirement and the rules governing changes to a premises after a Cannabis Business Permit is issued.


Where these rules use terms defined in Article 16 of the Police Code, the Article 16 definitions of those terms shall also apply to these rules.

“Cannabis Odor Ventilation System” means a ventilation system capable of removing all detectable odors, smoke, and by-products.

“Limited Access Area” means an area in which cannabis goods are stored or held and is only accessible to a Permittee and its employees and authorized individuals.

“Retail Area” means a building, room, or other area that is open to the public, upon the permitted storefront retailer or permitted microbusiness premises authorized to engage in storefront retail sales in which cannabis goods are sold or displayed.


Mandatory Requirements for Premises Diagram

  1. Any applicant seeking a Cannabis related permit are required to provide a complete, detailed and legible premises diagram (“diagram”) of the proposed premises to the Office of Cannabis.
  2. This diagram must be submitted in a digital format and be to scale.
  3. The diagram shall not contain any highlighting and the markings on the diagram shall be in black-and-white print.
  4. Separate floors must be shown on separate pieces of paper and clearly identified (e.g. basement, first floor, second floor).
  5. If multiple floor plans are submitted to satisfy all of the requirements outlined in these rules, the physical layout and room uses must be identified for each floor plan showing the same section of the premises.
  6. At minimum, the diagram must include the following information:
    1. The boundaries of the property and the proposed premises to be permitted, showing all boundaries, dimensions, entrances and exits, interior partitions, walls, rooms, doorways, common or shared entryways.
    2. If the proposed premises consists of only a portion of a property, the diagram shall reflect the premises used for commercial cannabis activity and describe the use for the remaining portion of the property, including any areas shared with other Permittees.
    3. If the proposed premises consists of only a portion of a property that will contain two or more premises (for two or more proposed cannabis businesses), the diagram shall clearly show the designated entrances and walls under the exclusive control of the applicant for the premises, as well as the designated entrances and walls for each additional premises.
    4. The address of each premises for which a permit is being sought. If the premises covers multiple addresses, all addresses covered by the premises shall be reflected on the diagram.
    5. A brief and specific description of all cannabis-related activity that will take place in each area of the premises including, but not limited to: infusion, extraction, storage, batch sampling, loading or unloading of shipments, packaging and labeling, customer sales, loading for deliveries, cultivation and processing.
    6. Identification of all Limited Access Areas.
    7. For all diagrams other than those depicting a Cannabis Testing Facility, a designated area for a fireproof safe.
    8. Designated secured area(s) for cannabis waste.
    9. Designated area for storage of hazardous materials and hazardous waste, if applicable.
    10. Location of all surveillance cameras.
      1. Each camera shall have an assigned number to for identification purposes.

      Additional Requirements for Storefront Retailers

      1. Designated area for medical cannabis customer consultation, pursuant to Section 1609(h)(4).

      Additional Requirements for Storefront Retailers Seeking Delivery Authorization & Delivery-Only Retailers

      1. Location where cannabis products for delivery will be packaged for delivery, transported to vehicles, and, if applicable, returned by the drivers.
      2. Location where the delivery vehicles will be parked while employees transport inventory to and from the delivery vehicles.

      Additional Requirements for Storefront Retailers Seeking Consumption Authorization

      1. Locations of consumption, including information concerning the types of consumption allowed or for which a consumption permit is being sought.

      Additional Requirements for Cultivators

      1. All roads and water crossings on the property, if applicable.
      2. If the applicant proposes to use diversion from a waterbody, groundwater well, or rain catchment system as a water source for cultivation, the following locations on the property diagram with locations also provided as coordinates in either latitude and longitude or the California Coordinate System:
        1. Sources of water used, including the location of waterbody diversion(s), pump location(s), and distribution system.
        2. Location, type, and capacity of each storage unit to be used for cultivation.
        1. For Applicants using a shelving system, the surface area of each level shall be included in the total canopy calculation.
        1. Location of all lights in the canopy area(s); and
        2. Maximum wattage, or wattage equivalent, of each light.

        Additional Requirements for Non-Volatile Manufacturers

        1. If serving as a shared-use facility, indicate the designated area to be used by any secondary operator(s); detail where each secondary operator will store its cannabis, cannabis concentrates, and cannabis products; and include all information otherwise required by these rules in connection with the entire premises, including for the designated area to be used by any secondary operator(s)

        Additional Requirements for Microbusinesses

        1. A Microbusiness Applicant must reflect all premises diagram requirements associated with the types of commercial cannabis activity for which they are seeking a microbusiness permit.

        Modification of Premises Diagram after Permit Issuance

        1. A Permittee shall not, without the prior written approval of the Office of Cannabis, make a physical change, alteration, or modification of the licensed premises that materially or substantially alters the premises or the use of the premises from the premises diagram originally filed with the Office of Cannabis.
        2. Material or substantial changes, alterations, or modifications requiring approval include, but are not limited to:
          1. The removal, creation, or relocation of a common entryway, doorway, passage, or a means of public entry or exit, when such common entryway, doorway, or passage alters or changes limited-access areas within the premises.
          2. The removal, creation, or relocation of a wall or barrier.
          3. Changing the activities conducted in or the use of an area identified in the last premises diagram provided to the Office of Cannabis.
          4. Modification to any area described in the licensee’s cultivation plan including, but not limited to, the removal, creation, or relocation of canopy, processing, packaging, composting, harvest storage, and chemical storage areas.
          5. Change in water or power source(s).
          1. A new premises diagram that meets all state and local requirements; and
          2. Any additional documentation requested by the Office of Cannabis to evaluate the Permittee’s request.

          Any person may submit written comments or arguments relevant to the proposed rules during the comment period. If you have questions or want to submit written comments or arguments, email [email protected]

          In addition to submitting by email, written comments may be submitted by U.S. mail or in person to:

          Office of Cannabis
          San Francisco City Hall
          1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl. Room 018
          San Francisco
          CA 94102-4685

          Breaking Down Weed-Infused Spirits and What They Mean

          As the legalization of marijuana continues across the U.S., spirits producers are seeking ways to get on board. Their efforts mirror the rise in cannabis-infused beer and the ongoing interest in wine and weed.

          Yet, the intersection with cannabis can be particularly confusing for those who love spirits and cocktails, since there’s everything from marijuana-inspired bottlings to drinks infused with CBD, a cannabis derivative.

          “It’s the Wild West out there,” says Paul Hletko, founder of FEW Spirits, based in Evanston, Illinois. He’s also an investor in Sterling Beach, a cannabis investment fund. Such experimentation may be exciting, but grandiose claims in the budding industry often amount to little more than smoke and mirrors. He advises a “buyer beware” approach.

          “You have to be careful and get what you think you’re getting,” says Hletko.

          What follows is a thumbnail guide to help the canna-curious untangle spirits and cocktails made with or inspired by cannabis. Since many offerings are only available in local markets, like CBD cocktails or small-batch spirits with limited distribution, this is simply a jumping-off point for exploration.


          Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the chemical with psychoactive properties that produces marijuana’s signature “high.” It’s primarily found in the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant, though it’s also present at reduced levels in the larger fan leaves. Trace amounts of THC may also be found in in the stem, roots, seeds and nodes.

          You won’t find THC in any commercial spirits bottlings made in the U.S. However, in states where it’s legal to do so, THC may be added to spirits or cocktails after purchase.


          Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the leaves, flowers and stalks of cannabis plants. It doesn’t produce an intoxicating high, although many claim it reduces pain and inflammation, and produces a feeling of calmness among other health benefits. CBD has been widely used in commercial non-alcoholic beverages.

          By law, like THC, you won’t find CBD in U.S. spirits bottlings currently, although federal guidelines are currently under revision/review. Plenty of bars are now adding CBD oil to cocktails, despite a crackdown by regulators in some areas where it’s still illegal to use in food and drink.


          Hemp oil is made from the seeds of hemp plants. These strains of the Cannabis sativa L. are bred to have only trace amounts of THC, defined in the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) as those containing “not more than 0.3% [THC] on a dry weight basis.” The CSA no longer classifies hemp as marijuana, although the plant’s structure is similar in many ways.

          “Hemp’s primary use is for its stalk, which is a very versatile fiber,” says Hletko. “It’s good for ropes, clothes [and] many things, but getting high is not one of them.” The 2018 farm bill legalized hemp and provided incentives to grow the crop, which has led to a surplus of the raw material.

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          Whether labeled as hemp, “hemp seed” or “cannabis sativa seed,” if you see a weed-adjacent spirit on a shelf in the U.S., it’s 100% certain that hemp is what was used in the bottle. It’s not often advertised for use in cocktails, but hemp oil is widely available at health food stores, which makes it an easy addition for drinks.

          High Spirits: A selected list of cannabis-inspired hemp spirits sold in the U.S.

          Note: Most of these bottlings have limited distribution.

          Colorado High Vodka: Distilled from hemp. Colorado Gold Distillery, Colorado Springs, CO.

          Humboldt’s Finest: A cannabis seed-infused vodka. Humboldt Distillery, Humboldt County, CA.

          Nirvana Vodka, Nirvana Gin: Both hemp-infused. Fat Dog Spirits, Nirvana, FL.

          SoNo 1420: The lineup includes a “hemped rye” and Bourbon-like spirit, each made with a mash bill of rye, corn and hemp seed. The producer also crafts gins that include hemp as a botanical. SoNo 1420 American Craft Distillers, South Norwalk, CT.

          If you travel outside of the U.S., you may spot some of the following bottles

          Kush Cognac (the Netherlands)

          Myrcene Hemp Gin (The Cannabis Co., Australia)

          Left Coast Hemp Vodka (Victoria Distillers, British Columbia, Canada)

          Primo Hemp Vodka (Mary Jane, Ontario, Canada)

          Shotka cannabis-flavored vodka (Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, France/Spain)

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