On December 6th, 2017, Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. led the Los Angeles City Council in adopting reasonable regulations governing the cannabis industry while protecting neighborhoods and schools. Three separate ordinances (included below) detail the new rules, which together establish citywide regulations for the planning and licensing processes as well as outlining operational requirements for cannabis related businesses. Included in the city council’s new regulations is a social equity program benefiting Angelenos who have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense and those with low incomes who live or have lived in neighborhoods heavily affected by marijuana arrests. The program aims to reduce the barriers to ownership of commercial cannabis businesses through access to training programs, employee training programs, and technical assistance among other offerings.
The Los Angeles City Council has been carefully crafting industry regulations since Spring 2016. After shepherding Measure M to a historic 80.5% passage rate, Wesson immediately began the process of gleaning best practices from neighboring cities and states who had already established responsible cannabis regulations. Wesson chairs the Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations committee which has overseen the regulations. Since beginning the process Wesson has held over two dozen meetings, including in the evenings, inviting members of the public, industry experts, and regulators from other states including Colorado, Oregon, and Washington to provide testimony.