Legalization that Protects our Communities
Posted by Councilmember Englander on December 08, 2017 at 4:08 PM
This week, the Los Angeles City Council finalized and passed an ordinanceregulating the production and distribution of marijuana for recreational use which was approved by voters last year.
With the full City Council collaborating on this legislation, my main goal was to ensure that it did not create a situation in which cannabis retailers or manufacturers could proliferate to the point that they take over commercial areas and change the character of neighborhoods.
I'm pleased to report that I believe the final legislation strikes the right balance in creating a framework that promotes responsible operators with strong enforcement to ensure that those who overstep or abuse the current laws are penalized or suspended. It also includes community benefit clauses that will ensure that these establishments support the neighborhoods where they are located.
I also introduced amendments that limit the total number of operators allowed in any given neighborhood so that no one area of the city bears an undue burden with respect to locations of cannabis businesses. Before my amendment, a particular detail of the law involving "microbusiness" licenses which refers to businesses that perform multiple cultivation, manufacture, and sales functions would have allowed the number of retail locations citywide to reach over a thousand. Because of my amendment, citywide retail locations will be limited to 390.
As Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I will continue to monitor the roll-out of this new industry to ensure that our communities are protected and this new ordinance is enforced as intended.
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