Long Beach officials this week will take their first crack at a new policy that would govern the sale and use of recreational marijuana, including retail businesses, cultivation sites and processing facilities in the city.
The City Council late last year enacted a 180-day moratorium on all adult-use cannabis operations to give officials time to analyze a new state law that allowed such businesses, and identify where those businesses might be appropriate in Long Beach, among other issues.
Leaders have signaled they are open to allowed recreational sales and cultivation; the council voted in November to explore a policy after a voter-referendum passed in 2016 allowing up to 32 medical marijuana dispensaries in Long Beach, taking the decision out of the hands of elected leaders.
At the time, Vice Mayor Rex Richardson noted that if the city failed to enact any policy on recreational marijuana, voters may again take action on their own.
“If we don’t take decisive action to own this issue and create public policy that’s right for our city now,” he said in November,