California’s cannabis laws are continuing to take shape. For example, Los Angeles lawmakers have recently come up with a bunch of new cannabis regulations. Here’s what you need to know about LA’s emerging legal weed scene.
LA Cannabis Regulations For Consumers
It’s easiest to think about LA’s cannabis regulations in two main sections. There are the rules for consuming it and the rules for selling it. Let’s start by breaking down the consumer’s side of things.
So far, LA is sticking pretty closely to state-wide cannabis regulations. Many of these laws were part of last year’s Proposition 64, which called for the legalization of recreational weed. The bill passed in the elections.
California’s recreational program is supposed to be up and running by the beginning of next year. Until then, lawmakers are hammering out details.
Here are LA’s main cannabis regulations for consuming weed:
- It’s legal for adults 21 and older to grow, possess, and use cannabis for recreational purposes.
- Adults can grow up to six plants at home.
- City and county governments can choose how to regulate personal cultivation, but they can’t ban indoor growing for personal use.
- Prop. 64 made it legal for adults to possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis flower and eight grams of concentrates.
- Adults can use weed in private or in specially licensed facilities.
- Public consumption is not allowed.
LA Cannabis Regulations For Sellers
Now for the selling side. Many of these rules reflect brand new changes to how LA will manage legal weed. Here are some of the most important regulations:
- Grow facilities will be restricted to industrial sections of the city.
- Retailers can’t operate within 800 feet of schools, libraries, parks, and drug treatment facilities.
- People can’t consume weed or alcohol at dispensaries.
- Businesses have to provide information about ownership, loans, and investors.
- Similarly, cannabis businesses are required to have a plan for hiring local residents.
- Additionally, business owners can’t interfere with labor organizing efforts.
Many of these new rules are still in the works. In fact, most of these regulations were unveiled just this month. They are now up for public review for the next 60 days.
The Final Hit
While LA still has a few kinks to work out, most people see these cannabis regulations as a positive step forward. If nothing else, they help make the legal weed scene more concrete and better structured.
California has long been an important part of the national cannabis scene. The state has had a flourishing medical marijuana program for years.
Last year, California was one of four states to make recreational weed legal. Now, as the state gets ready to launch recreational weed this upcoming January, cities like LA are finalizing plans for how they will regulate the growing legal cannabis industry.