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City amends regulations on marijuana

January 26, 2018

The City Council recently approved amendments to Cerritos' marijuana/medical marijuana regulations, expanding its prohibition of marijuana and medical marijuana businesses, uses and activities.

The Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), which went into effect on January 1, 2018, authorizes the State of California to issue licenses for both medicinal and adult-use/recreational marijuana businesses in 20 different categories, including: cultivation, dispensaries, manufacturing, testing, retail, distribution and microbusiness.

However, MAUCRSA also gives local jurisdictions the right to prohibit the establishment or operation of any or all of the 20 categories. The City of Cerritos has adopted an ordinance that expressly prohibits all commercial marijuana and medical marijuana activities and uses, including the 20 categories outlined under MAUCRSA. All commercial marijuana and medicinal marijuana activities and uses within the City of Cerritos will be considered public nuisances and will be subjected to general penalties, infractions or misdemeanors. Delivery of commercial and medicinal marijuana also is prohibited.

In response to the state proposition legalizing marijuana use passed by California voters in 2016, the City Council previously approved a municipal code amendment regarding the cultivation of the plant within Cerritos boundaries.

Under the City ordinance, outdoor cultivation of marijuana remains prohibited, in addition to the indoor personal cultivation of more than six living plants, subject to review and approval by the Department of Community Development.

Applicants must also consent to the City conducting random inspections at the property. For more information, call the Community Development Department at (562) 916-1201.

 

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