|Dear Task Force Members –
This Thursday, it is CRITICAL that everyone in the industry comes out and speaks with one massive voice. The Planning Department will be receiving public comment on the City of LA Proposed Land Use Regulations and we need to fight back. If we don’t pack the room and speak on the fundamental issues at hand, we may all be out of luck in the City of LA as stakeholders, operators, patients and citizens. Please see talking points below and let the City know the issues at hand. Please reach out to us by replying to this email if you plan on attending so we can coordinate our efforts. It’s best to show up to the hearing at 9:45am to fill out speaker cards.
City of Los Angeles Planning Department Hearing on Cannabis
Thursday June 29, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Los Angeles City Hall, Room 1010
200 N Spring St, Los Angeles CA 90012
Talking Points For Planning Department Hearing:
- We demand that the City issues licenses, not certificates of compliance with limited immunity.
- NO cannabis business can get a license to operate and will remain illegal.
- Under the proposed draft regulations, City will not issue licenses for commercial cannabis businesses.
- Instead, the City will issue “Certificates of Compliance” and give cannabis businesses limited immunity from enforcement.
- Limited immunity does not mean lawful, or licensed.
- The City’s proposed regulations perpetuate the failed limited immunity of Proposition D.
- It is not clear whether the State of California will recognize a Certificate of Compliance.
- In California, cannabis businesses are required to secure local licenses before applying for a state license.
- Gov. Brown’s administration has already rejected limited immunity as a licensing structure.
- All other cities and counties in California regulating cannabis are issuing licenses.
- The regulations go against the will of CA voters, LA voters, the Legislature and the Governor.
- Medical and recreational cannabis use is legal in California.
- Californians have spoken again…and again…and again:
- Medical cannabis has been legal in California since 1996.
- Governor Brown signed the Medical Cannabis Regulation Act in 2015.
- 64% of California voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016.
- 80% of LA voters approved Measure M in 2016.
- ISSUE BUSINESS LICENSES NOT CERTIFICATES OF COMPLIANCE!
- 800 feet between dispensaries and from sensitive uses is too restrictive and will limit the retail market. Distances should be measured from building to building, not property line to property line.
- State law calls for 600 feet.
- The City of LA should follow State law, and not create a more restrictive environment in the largest cannabis market in the world.
- This will drive up illicit operators, increase public safety issues, and not allow the City to properly deal with real demand.
- Volatile Manufacturing (Type 7 License) must be an allowed use in the City of LA.
- Volatile Manufacturing is recognized by the State as an allowable use.
- It is already used in products that we use and consume every day.
- Hydrocarbon Extraction is an U.S. FDA approved extraction method used to make common household vegetable oils, fish oils, perfumes, dessert flavorings, and more. We consume these products every day.
- It is as safe as a backyard propane grill.
- Certified operators work in OSHA compliant facilities, following safety standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – all to handle petroleum gases no more dangerous than the propane found in backyard grills and apartment kitchens all across the city.
- Best for consumers and the environment.
- Hydrocarbon extraction is the most efficient production method by an order of magnitude, keeping product prices affordable for citizens. It produces the best tasting products, which are more resistant to microbiotic growth & molds found in other extracts. In a regulated lab, it generates no toxic waste, making it ideal for the local environment.