Oakland Cannabis Trail

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Rooted in culturally significant history and powered by decades of steadfast activism, Oakland’s cannabis scene is alive and well. Vibrant, fun and inclusive, Oakland is loaded with unique retail and destination experiences for the cannasseur and canna-curious alike.

The Oakland Cannabis Trail, developed by Visit Oakland in collaboration with cannabis travel enthusiasts and Oakland’s leading retailers, offers a curated, immersive trip through our amazing neighborhoods.

Points of interest include premium cannabis retail shops and their recommended food spots, plus sensory attractions covering art, nature, and cultural experiences. Think of these attractions on the trail as places to expand your mind, unwind, and lose track of time, whether you’re craving flavor-packed eats, meditative moments in the sunshine, or unique gift shop finds.

Plan your DIY journey with our Cannabis Trail Map, directory, and events calendar as your guide. Before you begin your journey, be sure to read this How-To Guide for The Ganja Traveler's perspective on how to navigate the trail.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While cannabis is legal to purchase from licensed retailers in California, it is still illegal to consume cannabis in public. For safe travel tips, please review these Know Before You Go tips.

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Cannabis Dispensaries in Oakland

Home to the First Cannabis College

Oaksterdam University, also known as America’s First Cannabis College, was officially founded after cannabis activist Richard Lee, owner of the famous dispensary “Coffeeshop Blue Sky,” placed an ad in the East Bay Express offering classes on how to grow cannabis. Calls poured in, and Oaksterdam University took root in downtown Oakland with faculty teaching history, policy, federal and state law, civics and science before covering horticulture and extractions. 

Oaksterdam raised the bar for cannabis education and legalization efforts. Original founder Jeff Jones helped secure medical cannabis sales in Oakland in the 1990s, and President & Chancellor Dale Sky Jones created the blueprint for cannabis reform as the legislative liaison for the first statewide legalization initiative in 2010. Thanks to their leadership, Oaksterdam-related businesses became the historic hub of the first cannabis-friendly city in the United States. 

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