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Can I buy recreational marijuana in Long Beach now? (Not yet, but soon)

Can I buy recreational marijuana in Long Beach now? (Not yet, but soon)

In less than a month, recreational marijuana will be legal to sell in Long Beach. Here's what you need to know: https://bit.ly/2P7gYev

Posted by Long Beach Post on Monday, August 13, 2018

In less than a month, recreational marijuana will be legal to sell in Long Beach.

The exact date is unclear since it is dependent on an application process for adult-use dispensary licenses. It’s estimated that it will take the city a minimum of one to two weeks to review the applications and begin issuing business licenses, according to city cannabis program manager Ajay Kolluri.

Only businesses with medical cannabis licenses may submit applications to sell recreational cannabis starting Monday, Aug. 13.

Currently, there are nine medical cannabis dispensaries operating across the city. A total of 32 medical dispensaries have been issued licenses (the maximum amount allowed), but not all are operating, Kolluri said.

The city will also be accepting new adult-use applications for non-dispensary businesses that offer services like cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and lab testing.

Voters approved Proposition 64 in 2016, which allowed legal sales of recreational cannabis—but also allowed local governments to impose further restrictions or outright ban the drug.

Only a handful of cities in Southern California currently have laws that allow the sale of recreational cannabis, including Los Angeles, Santa Ana and West Hollywood.

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia officially signed recreational cannabis into law mid-July after the City Council voted to temporarily ban sales in November to allow the city attorney’s office to craft an ordinance. In the past decade, city officials have passed laws allowing and banning medical cannabis until a local voter-backed initiative in 2016 legalized medical cannabis, paving the way for a similar structure for recreational use.

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Published: August 13, 2018

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