Why is Los Angeles City Cannabis policy and implementation the largest most bungled failure in the United States?
The department created to oversee it was completely under-funded.
The Executive Director was a poor hire, with little to no experience in how an administrator in a city government needs to handle the department.
The policy to implement licenses was misdirected at best.
The social equity policy and lack of implementation did exactly that the opposite of its intent.
Enforcement did … and does … not exist.
It took 1 year or more for the initial Prop D compliant BTRC (Business Tax Registration Certificate) holders to obtain licenses. This should have been an automatic issue upon legalization.
The social equity program should have been a lottery. Simple and easy. Instead too many people were forced to rent and pay ridiculous amounts of money to hang on while the department bungled the process causing fiscal damage to each and every applicant.
In addition, the groups who helped get multiple licenses are tied politically to some elected officials, causing many to believe there is corruption in the system.
And, some rich applicants were introduced to social equity applicants by city department employees. Unethical at best.
Then there is the total lack of enforcement by the city attorney and the DCR (Department of Cannabis Regulation). This debacle has cost the City more than 100 million dollars in revenues to date. This is equivalent to malpractice.
Published: January 13, 2020
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News