The Cannabis License Integrity Committee (CLIC), backed by those West Hollywood businesses that have qualified for recreational cannabis sales licenses, has launched a campaign whose goal is to “stop ‘Corporate Cannabis’ giant MedMen from re-writing the city’s retail cannabis regulations.”
The CLIC will be soliciting signatures from registered voters to put on the Nov. 3 general election ballot an initiative that essentially reaffirms the cannabis licensing process that West Hollywood launched in 2017. It must obtain signatures of 10% of the city’s more than 28,000 registered voters to get the initiative included.
In 2017, the West Hollywood City Council adopted a “merit-based” approach to determine who qualified for one of eight licenses in five categories that include the sale of medical and recreational cannabis. In an effort to ensure that applications would be reviewed on their merits, each screening application was reviewed and scored by an independent five-member application evaluation committee appointed by City Manager Paul Arevalo. The intent was to make the process totally objective, with applicants not chosen because of their political influence.
None of the four existing medical cannabis retailers, who had been granted temporary licenses to sell recreational cannabis, qualified for permanent recreational cannabis sales licenses. However, they were “grandfathered in” and automatically granted medical cannabis licenses and given temporary recreational cannabis licenses, the length of which the City Council has twice extended, now to Jan. 1, 2021.
Published: March 11, 2020