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Cannabis initiatives seek to force the hands of South Bay cities

A “bud tender” displays a jar of cannabis. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

REDONDO BEACH, Calif. — Cannabis proponents are using initiatives to push South Bay cities toward commercial cannabis licensing, nearly five years after Proposition 64 legalized cannabis throughout California.

Barry Walker of Dub Brothers Management is the spokesperson for a group that is organizing the petitions. Dub Brothers is a cannabis company with hands in cannabis grow houses, distribution and retailing. Damian Martin, an attorney representing cannabis retailers across Southern California, is also listed as a contact on paperwork filed with Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach.

What You Need To Know

    • Cannabis proponents are circulating initiative petitions in Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, pushing for laws allowing commercial cannabis sales; proponents suggest that petitions are also planned for the cities of Hermosa Beach and El Segundo
    • Though voters approved Prop. 64 in 2015, the law gives cities the ability to prohibit commercial cannabis sales; each of the four aforementioned cities has established bans
    • The initiatives create an application process with a point system that favors established organizations
    • Proponents of the initiatives, with established ties to cannabis retailers, have donated to officials in Redondo Beach

“The initiatives are basically designed to get the public involved,” Walker told Spectrum News 1. “Prop 64 was passed four years ago, and we’ve looked into all these South Bay cities — voters were about 65% in favor, but the cities haven’t really done anything.”

The initiatives, as proposed by Walkers’ group, are proposed ordinances with the stated purpose of “accommodat(ing) the needs of medically-ill persons,” as well as “regulat(ing)” commercial cannabis operations within the cities. The initiatives would also ensure that as many as three state-licensed dispensaries would be allowable within the affected cities. Currently, the initiatives are in the process of gathering signatures in the cities of Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach, though Walker acknowledged that similar petitions are quickly forthcoming for Hermosa Beach and El Segundo.

According to state law, once a petition has gathered enough signatures — at least 10% of the city’s registered voters — the local governing body has three options: it may adopt the proposed initiative without changes; it may submit the unaltered initiative to voters via special election; or it may order a report reviewing the initiative at a forthcoming meeting, after which the initiative must be adopted or sent to voters.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By David Mendez on Spectrum 1 News

Published: September 14, 2021

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