Cannabis home delivery in Hermosa Beach will become legal under an ordinance approved by the city council on a four to one vote at its Tuesday, August 9 meeting.
Council members who favored lifting the delivery ban, which was imposed in 2017, argued the ordinance would decriminalize a service most residents favor, and undermine support for the cannabis initiative on the November 8 ballot. The cannabis initiative would require the city to allow up to two cannabis retailers in the city, and give exclusive home delivery rights to the cannabis retailers selected by the city.
The council voted last month to oppose the cannabis initiative, and will write the ballot opposition argument to the initiative
Mayor Mike Detoy cast the dissenting vote on the delivery ordinance.
“I’m not opposed to home delivery. But I’m opposed to the procedure and timing,” Detoy said.
He argued that the delivery ordinance was premature because it will be invalidated if voters approve the cannabis initiative. He also questioned whether cannabis delivery services currently operating in violation of the law would follow the permit procedure.
State law prohibits identifying graphics on cannabis delivery vehicles, making them difficult to identify.
City Manager Suja Lowenthal responded that fines for operating without a permit would deter unpermitted deliveries. She said Los Angeles County fines are as high as $30,000.
Published: August 11, 2022
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