If you are feeling excitement to purchase recreational marijuana in San Francisco when sales become legal on January 1st, you may have to practice your patience. Despite the fact that the city as a whole is fairly supportive of marijuana legalization, the city is not going to issue permits until it passes equity laws to help people of color, former drug offenders and low-income entrepreneurs, according to an SFGate report. 

So, what does this mean for consumers like you who are eager to buy cannabis from a local retailer? Here are some answers to questions you may have as January gets closer. 

1. What is an equity program?

The core reason that recreational marijuana sales in San Francisco are delayed is that city officials are currently working on setting up an equity program. The intent of this program is to assist marginalized communities enter into the marijuana market. Oakland has already passed a program that sets aside permits for residents with previous marijuana convictions or who live in neighborhoods with a lot of cannabis arrests.

2. Where can I buy marijuana in January?

While San Francisco will not be home to recreational cannabis retailers starting in January, you may be able to get your hands on some in nearby areas. For example, Oakland and San Jose are ready to start selling marijuana to adults who are 21 and older on January 1st. 

3. Can I drive after smoking pot?

Even if you are of the legal age to consume the drug in California, certain things are off-limits, including driving under the influence. Law enforcement may conduct roadside tests or administer a blood test to determine whether you are impaired. You should not drive while smoking or shortly thereafter. 

Living in the Bay Area of California may make it seem like you are free to use marijuana however you please, but you should be aware that there are some restrictions.