Regional Medical Cannabis News
City Council Denies CEQA Appeals for 11 MMCC Applicants
Speakers in support of the appeals cited potential environmental hazards resulting from concentrates made using butane extractions, which caused several explosions in Southern California last year. The council noted that using butane to make concentrates is illegal and the projects that ultimately receive permits will be subject to inspection by law enforcement, so they did not feel that possible butane explosions at the permitted cooperatives was an issue that would warrant approval of the appeals. Appellants also brought up air quality issues from increased traffic in the areas surrounding the MMCC projects. DSD staff said that for existing structures, emissions had already been taken into account, and the projects did not conflict with regional air quality safety. Questions were also raised about locations that were not ADA compliant, but DSD staff clarified that they would not recommend approval of conditional use permits for projects that did not adhere to ADA standards.
City council members also addressed the issue of applicants who are currently operating unlicensed shops. DSD indicated that if they know an applicant is currently operating an unlicensed dispensary, they are able to hold up the application until the unlicensed shop is closed. Also, an open code violation at an MMCC applicant's address would cause the application not to move forward.
California Legislative Update
-- Assembly Bill 26, introduced by Assembly Member Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, resurrects this year’s failed AB 1894 by Assembly Member Tom Ammiano. Jones-Sawyer represents the 59th District of South Los Angeles.
-- Assembly Bill 34, introduced by Assembly Member Rob Bonta, is a placeholder containing a one-sentence statement of intent to regulate the state’s billion-dollar medical marijuana industry. Bonta represents the 18th District in the East Bay.
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