Long Beach City Council to discuss new proposal to regulate pot shops

February 9, 2015

Long Beach City Council to discuss new proposal to regulate pot shopsThe City Council will ease into learning about a potential new medical marijuana ordinance on Tuesday.

A 4 p.m. study session has been scheduled before the council’s regular meeting to discuss the draft marijuana law the Planning Commission approved in October.

The regulations, developed over numerous meetings, allow 18 medical marijuana businesses citywide and feature stringent requirements for permitting, security, records and packaging. There are also buffers of 1,000 feet or more between dispensaries and schools and parks.

According to the ordinance, marijuana locations would first be placed in industrial zones, but because not all council districts have such areas, businesses would be allowed in select commercial zones under “cascading zoning.” First preference would be given to busier regional-highway districts, followed by more lightly trafficked community-oriented highway districts. Residential and institutional zones with uses such as schools and libraries are excluded.