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Redondo Beach Police investigate cannabis signature gathering

Redondo Beach Police Officer Keith Turner supervises the boarding up of Redondo’s Finest, a cannabis dispensary, closure last March. Photo by Kevin Cody

A Redondo Beach Police investigation has been opened regarding signature gatherers for a local cannabis initiative. The action follows statements made Nov. 2 by city council members during an appearance by a representative of the initiative effort.

Councilmen Christian Horvath and Todd Loewenstein told of signature gatherers at their doors who misrepresented the proposal, saying it raised money for police, fire and/or schools.

Horvath later created a form — based on information from the city clerk’s office — where people who signed the initiative can ask to have their names removed.

George M. Yin, attorney for initiative proponent Samuel Nicosia, sent a letter Nov. 9 to City Manager Mike Witzanksy, City Attorney Michael Webb and City Clerk Eleanor Manzano.

He asked to “amicably resolve” a “possible misunderstanding.”

Yin referenced signature gatherers allegedly stopped by Redondo Beach Police who asked them to cease their activity because it was illegal, and/or they did not possess a permit. Yin stated that this is not commercial solicitation but an initiative petition protected by the California Constitution and state law.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Garth Meyer on Easy Reader News

Published: November 24, 2021

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