Long Beach, CA
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File #: 11-1156    Version: Name: FM/PD/CA - report on marijuana collectives
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 11/7/2011 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/19/2012 Final action: 6/19/2012
Title: Recommendation to receive and file a report reviewing the status of Ordinance No. ORD-12-0004 (Chapter 5.89) of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC), as enacted by the City Council on February 14, 2012, the operations and activities of the medical marijuana collectives that were provided a six-month exemption, and enforcement against non-exempted marijuana collectives and cultivations sites within the City of Long Beach. (Citywide)
Sponsors: Financial Management, City Attorney, Police
Indexes: Report
Attachments: 1. 111511-ORD-23sr&att.pdf, 2. 121311-ORD-14sr&att.pdf, 3. 121311-ORD-14-Handout.pdf, 4. 121311-ORD-14-Correspondence D Lejins.pdf, 5. 121311-ORD-14-Handout D May.pdf, 6. 121311-ORD-14-Handout P Burchett-R.pdf, 7. 121311-ORD-14-Comments D Cook.pdf, 8. 121311-ORD-14-PowerPoint CA.pdf, 9. 121311-ORD-14-Handout J Greenwood.pdf, 10. 121311-ORD-14-Handout V Criss.pdf, 11. 121311-ORD-14-Petition.pdf, 12. 011012-UB-15sr&att.pdf, 13. 011012-UB-15-Handout M Pappas.pdf, 14. 011012-UB-15-Handout D Lejins.pdf, 15. 011712-UB-25sr&att.pdf, 16. 012412-ORD-20att.pdf, 17. 011712-UB-25-Handout - D Lejins.pdf, 18. 021412-UB-7sr&att.pdf, 19. 021412-UB-7-Handout D Lejins.pdf, 20. 021412-UB-7-S Downing 1.pdf, 21. 021412-UB-7-S Downing 2.ppt, 22. 021412-UB-7-Handout D Lejins 2.pdf, 23. 021412-UB-7-Handout D Lejins 3.pdf, 24. 021412-UB-7-R Garcia.pdf, 25. 021412-UB-7-S Lowenthal.pdf, 26. 021412-UB-7-J Johnson.pdf, 27. 021412-UB-7-Revised Ord.pdf, 28. 022112-ORD-20att.pdf, 29. 022112-ORD-20att Revised.pdf, 30. 022112-ORD-20-proposed revisions.pdf, 31. 022112-ORD-20-Handout J Theisen.pdf, 32. 022112-ORD-20- Unconformed Final Ord.pdf, 33. 061912-R-23sr&att.pdf, 34. 061912-R-23-correspondence.pdf, 35. ORD-12-0004.pdf
Related files: 11-0617, 09-1203, 09-0796, 05-2695, 10-1349, 12-0575, 15-0274, 15-1270
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
6/19/20123 City Council second substitute motionPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20123 City Council approve recommendationPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/21/20122 City Council declare ordinance read and adopted as readPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/20121 City Council approve recommendation to declare an emergency to existPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/20121 City Council second substitute motionPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/20121 City Council approve recommendation to declare an emergency to existPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/20121 City Council approve recommendation and adoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
2/14/20121 City Council second substitute motionPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/24/20122 City Council withdrawn  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/17/20121 City Council laid overPass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/10/20121 City Council laid overPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/20111 City Council substitute motionFail Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/20111 City Council laid overPass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/15/20111 City Council withdrawn  Action details Meeting details Not available
TITLE
Recommendation to receive and file a report reviewing the status of Ordinance No. ORD-12-0004 (Chapter 5.89) of the Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC), as enacted by the City Council on
February 14, 2012, the operations and activities of the medical marijuana collectives that were provided a six-month exemption, and enforcement against non-exempted marijuana collectives and cultivations sites within the City of Long Beach.  (Citywide)
 
DISCUSSION
On February 14, 2012, the City Council approved a recommendation to declare Emergency Ordinance No. ORD-12-0004 (Chapter 5.89), immediately prohibiting marijuana dispensary and cultivation sites in the City of Long Beach, and providing a temporary exemption from Ordinance prohibitions for 180 days for those collectives/dispensary applicants that were successful participants in the September 20, 2010, permit lottery, provided that such collectives/dispensaries were actually operating as of February 14, 2012; and directed the City Manager to provide, within 120 days, a report reviewing the status of the ordinance, the operations and activities of exempted collectives, and enforcement actions against non-exempted collectives and cultivation sites.
 
As highlighted in the May 18, 2012 memo provided to the Mayor and City Council   (attached), a significant amount of City resources, including the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), City Attorney's Office, Department of Financial Management and the City Prosecutor's Office, have been devoted to enforcing the prohibition enacted by the City Council.  The process of enforcement has been long and arduous and, still today, a number of illegal collectives continue to operate.  While LBPD continues with ongoing investigations, other City resources pursue the property owners through administrative fees, property liens, revocation of commercial property business licenses, as well as criminal misdemeanors and civil lawsuits against the collective operators.
 
In addition, the City has seen a number of the temporarily exempted collectives operating outside of the parameters originally enacted by the City Council. Examples include changes in ownership, the distribution of concentrates, the dispensing of edibles not produced on site, the acquisition of medical marijuana via a third party versus onsite cultivation, and creation of nuisances to the surrounding businesses and residences.
 
This matter was reviewed by Deputy City Attorney Michael Mais on June X, 2012 and Budget and Performance Management Bureau Manager Dennis Strachota on June 5, 2012.
 
TIMING CONSIDERATIONS
City Council action is requested on June 19, 2012, as the City Council requested a report within 120 days from the February 14, 2012 City Council meeting.  The six-month temporary exemption from the Ordinance prohibitions that was provided to those collectives/dispensary applicants that were successful participants in the September 20, 2010 permit lottery, operating as of February 14, 2012, expires August 14, 2012, at which time Chapter 5.89 of the LBMC will go into full effect Citywide.
 
FISCAL IMPACT
While the fiscal impact has not been formally quantified, a significant amount of City resources have been and continue to be allocated to the enforcement of LBMC 5.89.
 
SUGGESTED ACTION
Approve recommendation.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
JOHN GROSS
DIRECTOR OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
 
JIM McDONNELL
CHIEF OF POLICE
 
ROBERT SHANNON
CITY ATTORNEY
 
 
APPROVED BY:
 
PATRICK WEST
CITY MANAGER