California cities, large and small, are working through cannabis regulations after voters passed Proposition 64 in November 2016. Voters approved allowing marijuana plants to be grown in a person’s home while permitting cities to regulate or ban marijuana businesses within their city limits.
Policy questions being addressed include whether to limit the home grows to inside the home or whether the grows will also be allowed in person’s outdoor property, such as a backyard or deck space. Many people are concerned that plants outdoors will leave to a strong odor, while others question whether outdoor grow space should be prohibited with indoor living spaces costing show much money in California.
City councilmembers have also had to decide whether to permit marijuana businesses in their cities. Proposition 64 states that cities can ban marijuana businesses but if they fail to do so, state law would allow the businesses to open. Some cities, like Long Beach, have chosen to put together a comprehensive regulation and application process for medical marijuana businesses in their city – including dispensaries, cultivation, manufacturing, delivery, and lab testing. Other cities have chosen to ban all of these businesses, while other are still working through the implications of allowing these businesses into their communities.
I recently had the opportunity to present information to the city council of Bellflower, in Los Angeles County. The voters in this small city voted to allow some marijuana businesses in their city but left much of the regulation and policy decision up to the city staff and city council. In late April 2017, a group of over 100 interested parties and citizens attended a city council workshop to ask questions and give information, while council members asked questions of staff and attendees. I urged the city council to contact me with any questions and to look towards other cities to find out what works and what has failed.
If you are considering a cannabis company in California, I have extensive experience with the permit processes as well as knowledge about which cities have open permit periods and which cities are closed to new applications. Contact my office today to take the necessary steps toward opening your business. I can be reached at 323-522-4440 or Kellan@kellanmartzlaw.com.