Leisure marijuana is so in style in Hermosa Seashore that voters there delivered the third-highest proportion of help within the county for Proposition sixty four, behind solely Santa Monica and West Hollywood.
However in contrast to these cities to its north, that are readying allow processes for some leisure marijuana companies, the Hermosa Seashore Metropolis Council slammed the door this week on any such outlets within the seashore city, even people who may need to promote seeds and rising paraphernalia.
“We’re desirous about exercising our powers to the fullest extent,” Mayor Justin Massey stated at Tuesday’s Metropolis Council assembly. “We will all the time loosen up it if we see it’s working elsewhere.”
Massey’s sentiments are extensively shared throughout the small cities of the South Bay, which have for years remained staunch holdouts to medical-marijuana gross sales.
So when the state begins issuing permits on Jan. 1 for leisure-marijuana companies approved underneath Proposition sixty four, many cities will probably be on the sidelines watching quietly whereas their neighbors revenue from profitable cultivation, manufacturing and distribution companies.
The estimated $1 billion in tax income the state anticipates raking in from the brand new business will largely go to public security and youth-remedy packages. However cities that block marijuana gross sales can be ignored of any income the state might in any other case distribute to cities.
Almost seventy one % of Hermosa Seashore voters authorised leisure-marijuana gross sales, bested solely by seventy five % of voters in Santa Monica and eighty three % in West Hollywood.
However Hermosa Seashore Metropolis Lawyer Michael Jenkins advised council members their hesitation about approving marijuana companies wasn’t uncommon.
“Quite a few cities have stated: ‘Let’s wait and see how issues pan out, let’s institute a ban and keep a established order,’ ” Jenkins stated. “For those who don’t do something, the state will situation licenses” within the metropolis.
Police Chief Sharon Papa cautioned that crimes usually tend to happen round marijuana dispensaries.
Councilman Jeff Duclos stated he was hesitant about clearing the best way for marijuana companies as a result of there’s “no actual street map (and) we don’t need to exacerbate issues when it comes to these dispensaries.”
However he acknowledged the more and more ubiquitous presence of the drug.
“If any person needs medical marijuana, they will have it delivered to their house. So this isn’t actually…