Medical Marijuana Collective Locations Still Up For Debate After Long Beach Planning Commission – Long Beach Grunion Gazette Newspapers: Breaking News, Sports, Business, Entertainment & Long Beach News : – News

Other issues with industrial-only and keeping away from residential, is there are almost half of the City Council districts that might not qualify for any collectives or cultivations sites, depending on potential buffers and zones. We are working on some land use analysis that may lead to some further recommendations where these dispensaries may go if they cant in the industrial, Director of Development Services Amy Bodek said. Much of the new ordinance is modeled after neighboring cities in California and new regulations coming out of Colorado and Washington, Deputy City Attorney Kendra Carney said. I believe this ordinance is a lot better than the original ordinance that we had in 2010, Assistant City Attorney Mike Mais said. We tried to craft something that deals with problems that come up in a medical marijuana environment. The Long Beach Collective Association a group made up primarily of collective operators that qualified during the initial 2010 laws had attorney Jina Nam present at the meeting, and she turned in a list of concerns her group had. A lot of that did make it into this draft, and lot of it did not, she said. It is difficult to say what should be the model regulation. Nam said the LBCA was most concerned with keeping collectives in industrial zones only; broad definitions of violations of the law; potential privacy violations; and that there was no priority listed for previously vetted operators from the 2010 regulations. Commissioners asked city staff to work closely with LBCA, and to include requests by the group when applicable and then next time to let the Planning Commission know why recommendations were included, or why not. They also directed staff to look into commercial zoning opportunities.
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