L.A. Cannabusinesses Anxious as City’s Draft Regulations Move Forward – News

A Los Angeles City Council committee just approved a preliminary set of controversial cannabis regulations that industry insiders warn could devastate the nascent industry. These municipal regulations outline the licensing process for canna-businesses and set rules for operating hours, record keeping, and security. An earlier version of these regulations was released for public comment over the summer, but the new version includes significant changes that have alarmed industry insiders.

The initial set of regulations included plans to create a registry for any cannabusinesses currently operating in L.A. in order to allow them to continue operating while their official licensing applications are being processed. The new rules have removed this registry, and now warn cannabusinesses that they can be raided and shut down by city police if they are operating without a license. This would force existing businesses to close by January 1st and wait until their licenses are processed before reopening.

“It’s inconceivable how I can shut down my business while waiting for the city to approve my application and also survive,” said business owner Cameron Clarke. Sarah…

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