Legal recreational cannabis is just a little over a month away in the city of Angels, and you know what that means: a hell of a lot of bureaucratic red tape. On Tuesday the Los Angeles City Council will decide whether to adopt a series of provisions which would restrict pretty tightly where you can and cannot cultivate and distribute marijuana.
As it stands now in the medical marijuana market, most growing and selling isn’t technically legal, but it’s not that illegal either. Hundreds of quasi-legit dispensaries and grow houses operate without proper licensing, because the laws are vague. But they may not be vague much longer.
The committee bill under review would, if passed, make specific zoning rules about marijuana operations, buffer them from certain other kinds of businesses and institutions, and even make rulings barring certain people from the industry while encouraging others to join, as reported by KQED.
Below are several of the proposed marijuana regulations on the table, but you can read the full list here.
- Limit “cultivation farms” to the city’s agricultural zones. Marijuana “cultivation facilities,” processing facilities, and storage facilities, on the other hand, would be permitted in most industrial zones, but not in agricultural, residential, or commercial zones.
- The number of stores in the city would be capped off at a certain number (though that number is still undetermined). Each geographical region of the city would also have its own limit on the number of cannabis stores it could have in operation.
- Give priority licensing to dispensaries already in operation, so long as it runs in compliance with current city regulations.
- Marijuana stores would be prohibited from being within a 1,000-foot radius of schools, and within a 600-foot radius of addiction recovery or treatment facilities, child care facilities, public libraries, public parks, religious institutions, youth centers, and other marijuana businesses.
- Allow for the grandfathering of existing medical marijuana dispensaries to continue operation in their current location.
- In an effort to alleviate effects of the drug war, direct a portion of the Community Reinvestment Fund to aid youth programs in neighborhoods negatively affected by prior cannabis regulations.