Long Beach set to tackle spread of medical pot dispensaries
The Long Beach City Council tonight is expected to order the city attorney to draft regulations to control the unregulated proliferation of medical marijuana dispensaries and related clubs.
An estimated 39 businesses, including medical marijuana dispensaries and suspected illegal “pot shops,” operate in the city, including five that opened over the last week, according to Long Beach City Councilwoman Tonia Reyes Uranga, who proposed the new rules.
“All I’m asking for right now are simple, loose guidelines and a cost-benefit analysis of their impacts on city services” Uranga said in an interview. “We’re not yet at the point where we can ask for a moratorium on a type of business that technically does not even exist in Long Beach.”
“We really need to know how many we have and where they are at,” she said. “One of the newest medical marijuana dispensaries opened up next to a city library.”
If approved, the City Council hopes to receive the proposed regulations within 30 to 60 days, city officials said.
The Los Angeles City Council in July voted to begin shutting rogue medical marijuana dispensaries. It’s unclear, however, exactly how many of the hundreds of medical marijuana dispensaries currently pay Los Angeles’ business tax.
-- Louis Sahagun