PRESS RELEASE: Councilwoman Martinez’s statement on the passage of regulations governing the cannabis industry

On December 6, Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued a statement in response to the passage of new regulations governing commercial cannabis activities in the City of Los Angeles. 

 

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2017

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Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez (Sixth District) issued the following statement in response to the passage of new regulations governing commercial cannabis activities in the City of Los Angeles:

Los Angeles— Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez (Sixth District) issued the following statement in response to the passage of new regulations governing commercial cannabis activities in the City of Los Angeles:

“When California voters approved Proposition 64, paving way for the recreational marijuana sales, I intensified my efforts to craft a set of regulations that protect our neighborhoods and put communities first, including in the Sixth District.

I proposed rules to cap the number of cannabis businesses in each neighborhood, to prevent them from over-concentrating in a handful of areas, especially in low-income communities and communities of color. As I’ve stated before, no single neighborhood should bear the burden of too many pot shops.

I also seconded an amendment to keep cannabis facilities away from daycare centers. For me, the safety and well being of our children should always take priority over the business goals of cannabis entrepreneurs.

I also believe that cannabis licenses should be kept out of the hands of violent criminals. Today, I seconded an amendment introduced by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell that extends the ineligibility period for felons convicted of violent crimes, sex trafficking, rape, crimes against children, gun crimes or hate crimes, to 20 years after their release or conviction, whichever is more restrictive.

With sales set to begin in January, our work, as leaders, is only beginning. Going forward, we must commit to fully funding and staffing the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation and its enforcement arm, so that it can effectively enforce the new rules and limits on the cannabis industry, and respond to residents’ concerns.”

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Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the Assistant President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council.  She represents the 6th Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East. http://www.nury-martinez.com/