Los Angeles County cannabis regulations have yet to be developed, but the county is ready to gain insight from its residents on a range of issues that need to be addressed to regulate cannabis in its unincorporated areas.
On July 12, 2017, the Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management issued an email announcing the kick off of its first week of public listening sessions on cannabis regulation. Considering cannabis businesses are currently banned in the county’s unincorporated areas, the Office of Cannabis Management will have a lot of information to digest, so here’s what you need to know:
- There will be 18 listening sessions across the county, with each listening session scheduled to last two hours;
- the sessions start on July 13 in Topanga and end on August 12 in West Covina;
- the listening sessions are open to the public and will be run like workshops to promote dialogue;
- Los Angeles County needs to determine where cannabis businesses can be located and how they should be regulated;
- the county needs to develop youth prevention and public safety measures, among other issues; and
- you can access the detailed calendar of listening sessions here
The Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management is actively seeking feedback. With approximately 1 million people living in Los Angeles County’s unincorporated areas, the community’s stakeholders have an opportunity to shape the direction of Los Angeles County cannabis regulations. To get a better understand of how much money is at stake, the incorporated areas of Los Angeles County banked $231 million in taxable medical cannabis sales in 2016, as reported by Bloomberg.
Once the Office of Cannabis Management has considered the input gathered in the 18 sessions, it will weigh that insight with recommendations made by the county’s advisory group on cannabis to create the Los Angeles County cannabis regulations. The county’s cannabis business ban will remain in effect until regulations have been implemented. Personal cultivation of up to six plants is allowed.