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How one cannabis company plans to bring dispensaries to LA’s beach cities

In 2017, Hermosa Beach became one of the first cities in Los Angeles’ South Bay to ban commercial cannabis. Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach soon followed. Today, they are among the one-third of California cities that prohibit retail marijuana. But prohibition may soon be coming to an end in the beach cities, thanks to a serious campaign to legalize cannabis through the local initiative process.

On paper, the push to bring cannabis dispensaries to Manhattan and Redondo is led by local 20-somethings. In reality, it’s spearheaded by a marijuana dispensary chain called Catalyst Cannabis Co. Catalyst has been using the local initiative process to get SoCal cities to open their doors to cannabis dispensaries. They succeeded in getting the El Monte City Council to legalize commercial cannabis in 2019.

Catalyst reaches out to local residents – often young people – and asks them to launch the petitions as the law requires. If they can gather signatures from 10% of the city’s registered voters within 180 days of filing, the proposed measure goes to the city council. The council has 10 days to enact the measure, direct staff to study its impacts, or put it to a vote.

Catalyst’s involvement in the beach cities’ initiatives has drawn skepticism.

“You have to take everything they say with a grain of salt,” Redondo Beach Mayor Bill Brand told the Daily Breeze. “They have a very direct conflict of interest about whether or not their initiative passes.”

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Staff on California City News

Published: January 04, 2022

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