Hermosa Beach resident Colton Chacker filed a request with city officials last week for permission to circulate an initiative to legalize retail cannabis sales within the city. Chacker plans to begin gathering qualifying signatures in mid-December.
The initiative is funded by the Economic Development Reform Coalition of Southern California, which has similar initiatives in neighboring Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, and El Segundo.
Chacker’s initiative would limit the number of commercial pot retailers in the city to two, and prohibit cannabis retailers from outside the city from doing business in Hermosa Beach. It establishes a point system for selecting successful license applicants, provides for complaint mitigation, and requires business operators to establish a “neighborhood compatibility plan” to allow city officials an additional measure of control over activities.
It also specifies that the city “shall not assume any liability whatsoever” as a result of issuing a commercial cannabis business permit.
Published: November 24, 2021
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