With the state of California bracing itself for the impending impact of recreational cannabis, local municipalities are rushing to implement their own regulations before the green wave hits the shores of The Left Coast. While officials in Los Angeles County have been working on restrictions for legal retail stores, Long Beach lawmakers are instead focused on quelling the ever-persistent black market.
On Tuesday, the City Council will discuss a proposed amendment that would allow officials greater ability to penalize illegal canna-businesses and grows. These additional enforcement tools were proposed by local councilwoman Suzie Price, and will aim to “limit the detrimental effects” of illegal marijuana establishments that have a negative effect on city resources and Long Beach communities.
The proposed ordinance would essentially increase the punishment that can be inflicted on non-licensed cannabis operations. Long Beach leaders would be allowed to disconnect the gas, water, and electricity from any property that is considered home to an illegal marijuana business.
Long Beach’s city attorney would also be granted the ability to file lawsuits for…