Retail Cannabis Licensing Draft Ordinance Heads to L.A. City Council

Posted by Margolin & Lawrence on June 4, 2019

On Tuesday, May 28, the Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer filed a draft ordinance regarding retail cannabis licensing.

The draft ordinance amends Section 104.06.1 of Article 4, Chapter X of the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC) to include that if a cannabis retail licensing applicant would have been among the 100 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Applicants eligible for further processing in Round 1 of Phase 3 of Type 10 retail licensing except that its business location is in an area of undue concentration, the Applicant shall be eligible for further processing if the City Council ultimately finds that approval of the License application would serve public convenience or necessity pursuant to Section 104.03.

Further explanation of the amendments can be found here.

It’s a minor step in what’s turning out to be a years-long procedure in getting the cannabis retail sector established, but it’s some of the most activity on the topic we’ve seen in weeks.

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The Current Status of L.A. Retail Cannabis

Phase 3 of cannabis licensing for businesses gained approval on April 30 and legislation was slated to begin no later than the end of the following month. That deadline has passed and Phase 3's deadline is September 3rd at noon, according to the L.A. Commercial Cannabis Activity web page.

 The amendments submitted by the City Attorney on Tuesday shows that lawmakers are still in talks over the logistics of the industry and how to proceed in the best interests of both social equity and non-social equity applicants. This amendment, and potentially all future amendments, keep public service and convenience as a central focus and will continue to be a driving force behind the industry.

What to Expect Next

As a cannabis law firm, Margolin & Lawrence remains vigilant on the progression of Los Angeles cannabis laws to ensure we’re delivering the relevant news and accurate information as it becomes available.

Check back on our blog for the latest developments, or reach out to consult with one of our cannabis attorneys.

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