County tackles pot club issues

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – County planning commissioners began Wednesday to address the thorny issue of where to allow medical marijuana dispensaries in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.Commissioners began public hearings on creating zoning regulations for dispensaries, discussing everything from whether marijuana can be smoked onsite to whether cookies and other foods containing marijuana can be sold there.No such regulations were in place when a medical marijuana dispensary opened in unincorporated Hacienda Heights in May.The draft zoning ordinance would prohibit new dispensaries from opening within 600 feet of schools, playgrounds, recreation centers, parks, libraries, and other facilities. It would limit dispensaries to industrial and commercial areas. The Hacienda Heights dispensary would not be required to relocate.The ordinance would limit hours of operation to between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. and require that marijuana not be consumed onsite, and includes lighting and signage requirements.Supervisor Don Knabe, through representative David Sommers, said the draft ordinance should be stronger. The supervisor believed the 600-foot buffer should be extended to 1,000 feet, that security systems and guards be required, and that the sale of marijuana in edible form should be banned, along with the sale of pipes and other paraphernalia.Sommers said marijuana in edible form would more easily be abused.Don Duncan, Southern California coordinator for the medical marijuana advocacy group Americans for Safe Access, said the county’s move toward adopting ordinances is positive, but argued that edible marijuana should be allowed because it is easier for some seriously ill patients to take.Commissioners voted to continue the public hearing until Jan. 18. [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306last_img read more