Supporters of recreational cannabis licenses for “The Originals” at a West Hollywood City Council meeting.
A group apparently representing three of West Hollywood’s four original holders of licenses to sell medical cannabis has announced it will ask residents to petition the City Council to amend its cannabis ordinance to allow those medical cannabis license holders to obtain permanent licenses to sell recreational cannabis.
Temporary recreational sales licenses granted to the four original medical license holders are set to expire on Jan. 1, 2021.
An announcement of the petition sent to City Clerk Yvonne Quarker says it also will ask that the ordinance be amended to combine the two types of cannabis consumption lounge licenses granted by the city into one license. The city has granted eight licenses to businesses that offer edible cannabis products and eight to businesses that permit smoking and vaping of cannabis on-site. If the City Council doesn’t grant the petitioners request, it could be placed on the Nov. 3 general election ballot if they obtain signatures of Doing that would require signatures of 10% of the city’s 26,000 registered voters.
The petition by Wesley Bridle and Aly Green of West Hollywood and Kevin Mann of Los Angeles is the latest of several efforts by the four medical cannabis retailers to push the city to grant them licenses to sell recreational cannabis. Those four businesses, dubbed the “Originals,” failed to qualify for any of the city’s eight recreational sales licenses after a lengthy independent evaluation by a city-appointed committee of more 300 applications for licenses in five categories. The original holders of medical cannabis licenses were “grandfathered in” during that process and automatically granted licenses in that category.
Objections from the Originals and the slow process of leasing retail space and obtaining a business license and building and safety permits from the city led the Council to agree to let the Originals sell recreational cannabis under provisional licenses that were to have expired initially on Dec. 31, 2019. That expiration date later was moved to Jan. 1, 2020, and then to Jan. 1, 2021.
Published: February 21, 2020
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