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The Los Angeles City Council Votes for Final Marijuana Regulations
Author: Alice  08/12/2017 - 17:43:00

December 08, 2017 Los Angeles 

The Los Angeles City Council has finally approved three significant bills that will oversee the cannabis and adult-use marijuana operations in the city. These regulations have been ratified after year-long official deliberations and public recommendations. It will be in effect from the next year with the commencement of legal cannabis business in the Golden State. 

President of the Los Angeles City Council termed this approval momentous for the legalization progression all across the country. He predicted these set of rules would become a guide for other metropolitans in the US when they will go through the process of legalization. 

Many industry experts are of the thought that the City Council’s approval has come late and it is very improbable that LA will witness legalized sells when the state’s legalized and regulated marijuana markets go operational from January 1.

According to a lawyer, Clark Neubert, who also founded the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, it will take a couple of months for the city to have licensed marijuana operations. He told this to media after the council’s vote.

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For decades, LA has been witnessing a disorderly and illicit marijuana business in the form of hundreds of unlicensed growers and dispensaries. There are high hopes that legalized framework will help in eliminating the criminal elements from the business and will add a good amount of capital to the city’s revenue pool.

These final rules, which were in development stages from the last year, will help the administration in governing different aspects of the marijuana business. Location for marijuana establishments, the process of local licensing, surveillance and security arrangements will be managed under the light of voted rules.

LA hasn’t put a limit on the number of licenses, however, some restrictions such as zoning requirements will inadvertently put a cap. For instance, one of the most debated clauses of the rules was the area of the buffer zone which would be required in between sensitive public spaces such as parks, educational institutes and rehabilitation facilities and marijuana establishments. In past, San Francisco struggled with the same issue.

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As per the voted rules, retail marijuana operations must be no less than 700 feet from sensitive public spaces and other marijuana selling establishments. Non-retail operations must function at least 600 feet from sensitive spaces.

The rules will in effect once the city’s mayor signs them, expected in a couple of days. Some MMJ operations which have been operating in the city for a long time in spite of a blanket ban will get provisional immunity during the transition period.

Growers and other non-retailers associated with MMJ operations, working for at least a year, will also receive temporary immunity. This grace period has been introduced to give such operations equal opportunity to operate in the legalized environment.

LA has also planned to introduce a social equity program to address the grievances of color communities affected by the war on drugs. People who qualify for the program will be at the top of the priority list to get the license. The qualification criteria are set by annual income, neighborhood, and history of cannabis-related convictions.

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