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LA will become largest US city with recreational pot

Discussion in 'Los Angeles & Orange County' started by arto71, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. arto71

    arto71 Well-Known Member

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    los angeles
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    https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/la-become-largest-us-city-recreational-pot-203748585.html

    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles is in line to become the nation's largest city with legal recreational marijuana after the City Council voted Wednesday to license sales and cultivation next year.

    The landmark vote came after a hearing in which council members characterized the rules as a work in progress, almost certain to see revisions next year after California launches its recreational pot industry in January.

    Under the Los Angeles regulations, residential neighborhoods would be largely off-limits to pot businesses, and buffer zones would be set up around schools, libraries and parks.

    City Council President Herb Wesson's office said the rules would take effect immediately after the signature of Mayor Eric Garcetti, which is expected.

    "The other cities in this nation, they are looking to L.A.," said Wesson, predicting the city model would become a template for legalization elsewhere.

    However, with the new year just weeks away — and the holidays coming — industry experts say it's not clear how many businesses, if any, will be ready to open their doors on Jan. 1.

    If demand is not satisfied by legal sales then "you are just giving oxygen to the black market we all want to eradicate," said Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a cannabis industry group.

    The route to legalization began last year when voters approved Proposition 64, which opened the way for recreational pot sales to adults in the nation's most populous state, home to one in eight Americans.

    The state and hundreds of cities have been saddled with the challenging task of trying to govern a vast, emerging industry with a projected value of $7 billion.

    The result has been a patchwork.

    Some cities have banned all commercial pot activity, while L.A. is among those that have embraced it, in part for the promise of a cascade of new tax dollars.

    In San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee signed legislation Wednesday authorizing recreational cannabis sales that could begin in the first week of January, providing local businesses acquire required licenses.

    San Jose will allow its 16 medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana starting Jan. 1, providing they acquire required licenses.

    In L.A., the dense set of regulations passed Wednesday dictate where pot can be grown and sold in the new marketplace, along with how businesses will be licensed.

    Businesses that want to participate in the marketplace need local permits before they can apply for state licenses required to operate in 2018.

    The rules include provisions intended to benefit those convicted of a marijuana-related offense and lower-income residents who live, or have lived, in neighborhoods marked by high marijuana arrest rates. The program aims to reduce the barriers to ownership of cannabis businesses through access to training programs, employee training and technical assistance.

    The uncertainty around the emerging market was highlighted throughout the council meeting, with members expressing concern about the potential for shops to inundate neighborhoods or shady operators to slip into the legal industry.

    Councilman Paul Krekorian said illegal pot "grows" threatened to push out businesses in industrial sections of the city's San Fernando Valley. Councilwoman Nury Martinez said she feared the city would fail to sufficiently fund enforcement, leaving rogue operators to flourish.

    California is among 29 states where pot is legal, either for medical or recreational use.

    Los Angeles has long been an unruly frontier in the pot industry, where hundreds of illegal dispensaries and cultivators proliferated.

    Earlier this year, city voters endorsed another attempt to regulate the local pot businesses, leading to the new rules.

    The legal marketplace is seen as a way to impose order, hopefully squeezing out illegal operators while raising a cascade of new taxes for City Hall.

    In the background is widespread uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will attempt to intervene in states where marijuana is legal.

    Because marijuana is illegal in the eyes of the federal government, many major banks are leery to do business with dispensaries and growers, so much of the business is conducted in cash.
     
  2. UberLaLa

    UberLaLa Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles is going to be in a world of hurt. Unfortunately.
     
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  3. adrep1984

    adrep1984 Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
    Why is that?
     
  4. UberLaLa

    UberLaLa Well-Known Member

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    LaLa Land
    Today's weed ain't what it used to be. There gonna be a lotta people abusing it like they do alcohol.
     
  5. adrep1984

    adrep1984 Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
    Its not like a whole bunch of non weed smokers are all of the sudden going to become stoners over night. The people who smoke weed are already smoking the people who dont will continue not smoking. Also a drunk person is completely different from a person high on weed.

    I know lots of successful stoners not so many successful full blown alcoholics.
     

  6. randrace

    randrace Active Member

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    OC/Los Angeles
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    I came here looking for a speculative joke using the name 'Uber Smokes.'

    I'll do it, jeez.

    Uber Smokes is going to make Uber Eats look like Uber Pool.
     
  7. TheNoobinator

    TheNoobinator Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles

    They don’t already abuse it?

    I see them out there on Venice walking and talking like sloths. Drool hanging out.
     
  8. UberLaLa

    UberLaLa Well-Known Member

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    LaLa Land
    Tip of the iceberg I would guess.
     
  9. TheNoobinator

    TheNoobinator Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
    In a messed up kind of way, I rather get into an accident with a pot smoker than a alcoholic drunk driver.

    A pot smoker willl probably be rolling 5mph when he hits you . Awww duuuuuuude
     
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  10. UberIsverycaring

    UberIsverycaring Member

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    Pot can put someone in "la la " land.
     
  11. TwoFiddyMile

    TwoFiddyMile Well-Known Member

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    Very little change. Most of the people who want to get high now have a prescription card.
    I'm going to go out on a limb and say about 8-10% increase over the first two years which will taper down to 4-7% over the long haul.
    The prescription card is not a huge barrier for most people who want to get high.
    100% of people who apply for a prescription get one.
     
  12. OMG GO!

    OMG GO! Well-Known Member

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    Thats a misunderstanding. Just because its better quality doesn't mean its harmful or addictive. With regulations it will be safer. Theres no black market inspectors making sure the stuff sold that way is free of pesticides and molds etc.

    Also, whos gonna smoke, for the most part, already is. All were gonna see is lots of new jobs and income for cities and counties.

    Those are heroin addicts. Were in the midst of an opiod epidemic and cannabis could be used to curb that. Plenty of data available on that out there.
     
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  13. deadmile

    deadmile Well-Known Member

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    I love smoking marijuana , so much.
     
  14. powmoe

    powmoe Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
    Yes, technology has allowed growers to grow ever more potent strains. It has also made it possible to test thc levels so growers can supply weaker strains if there is demand for it. Legalization will also hurt the drug cartels as you will be able to safely buy from reputable shops as opposed to buying it off the street where you have no idea what your getting. Another positive will be the saved money not spent on rediculous raids. To me it’s a no brainer to legalize weed. The pros far out weigh the cons imho. I tend to side with personal freedom as long as you are not harming others.
     
  15. U phoria

    U phoria Active Member

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    I like the high pax way more than drunk
     
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  16. Johnny Walker

    Johnny Walker Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
    Getting ready to grow my own. It feels fantastic to get high on your pure puppy
     
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  17. I_Like_Spam

    I_Like_Spam Well-Known Member

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    Pittsburgh
    This will mean a lot more work for the police. Particularly if the government levies sky high taxes on marijuana.

    Grass without the proper tax stamps will be a major problem for the police to work on, the government will be counting on that money.
     
  18. U phoria

    U phoria Active Member

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    6 more weeks mine finish
     
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  19. yomomma

    yomomma Well-Known Member

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    Los Angeles
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    Expect a huge ass black market.
     
  20. U phoria

    U phoria Active Member

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    Carson
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    Tax 45%
     

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