SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COALITION CALLS ON L.A. MAYOR AND 
L.A. CITY COUNCIL TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING PROPOSITION M; HALT ANY FURTHER ACTION UNDER CITYS INTRINSICALLY BROKEN CANNABIS ORDINANCE: PROPOSITION D 

LOS ANGELESSouthern California Coalition (SCC), the largest, most inclusive cannabis industry trade organization in Southern California, led its members, along with backers, supporters, and endorsers of Proposition M in a letter calling on the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council to begin taking immediate steps to implement Proposition M’s framework while simultaneously halting any further actions under the City’s broken Proposition D.

The letter—authored by SCC’s President and Co-Founder Virgil Grant and Executive Director Adam Spiker—urgently requests that Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council, and all  other City Departments refrain from taking any further action against critical segments of the cannabis industry until Proposition M’s regulatory regime can be implemented, or until a temporary registration program in the interim period can be enacted.

On March 7th, 80 percent of voters in Los Angeles said “yes” to Proposition M. In addition to the mandate by Angelenos, the measure was supported by countless elected officials, civic and community leaders, groups and organizations, including Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Christopher Newsom, Americans for Safe Access, California Growers Association, California Minority Alliance, Los Angeles Branch of the NAACP, Los Angeles County Democratic Party, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, The Los Angeles Times, The Los Angeles Daily News, The Californian, UFCW International, among a host of others [see addendum].

 

Below is SCCs letter to The Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council.

March 30, 2017

Southern California Coalition

President and Co-founder Virgil Grant

Executive Director Adam Spiker

241 South Figueroa St. Suite 100

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Office of Los Angeles Mayor

The Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti

200 North Spring St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Dear Mayor:

On Election Day, Angelenos overwhelmingly voted to pass the Southern California Coalition- and Los Angeles City Council-backed Proposition M, setting the stage for the world’s most comprehensive and responsible cannabis regulatory regime to lead our state and nation in sound cannabis policies and practices. This judicious framework arms you and the Los Angeles City Council with the ability to address the City’s and the cannabis industry’s issues in real time, and provides you with an opportunity to implement responsible and inclusive policies to fairly license, tax, regulate, and enforce Los Angeles’ state-legal cannabis industry.

On behalf of, and as mandated by, the 80 percent of voters in Los Angeles who said “yes” to Proposition M, we respectfully request that you and the Los Angeles City Council immediately begin working to fix the holes created by Proposition D’s limited nature, which has provided no protection for many responsible cannabis operators, dispensary owners, cultivators, delivery companies, manufacturers, and workers in our City. Specifically, we request that you, the Los Angeles City Council, the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and all other City Departments begin working to implement Proposition M while refraining from taking any further action against any segments of the cannabis industry until Proposition M’s comprehensive regulatory system can be implemented.

Should the request above be ignored, we fear that our painstaking efforts to create an open and transparent process could deteriorate. It would likely leave operators saddled with fears that their public participation in this process could result in their businesses being singled out or targeted, which would only force these small business owners to remain in the shadows. The City would also miss out on a meaningful opportunity to obtain invaluable and critical input from a variety of key stakeholders.  This could place the City in exactly the same place it is now—with harmful policies that are ineffective at best.

Halting enforcement actions under Proposition D against operators, cultivators, delivery companies, product manufacturers, and others who fully intend to comply with Proposition M and its regulations—soon to be implemented and enacted—can be done by creating a bare-bones temporary registration program in the interim period before Proposition M regulations are implemented, which would:

1      provide the City with a clear separation between those who intend to fully comply with Proposition M and its regulations, and those operators, who do not;

2      deliver desperately needed statistics to the City regarding the true size of its cannabis industry; and

3      finally put an end to the needless criminalization of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

If we work together to implement and enact Proposition M starting now, we will be able to create a world-class regulatory regime that works on behalf of our City, while giving those who intend to comply with the new regulations a meaningful chance to participate in a legitimate, fair, and inclusive process. Our communities will have a much-needed voice in what happens in their own neighborhoods regarding zoning, store and facility locations, the number of businesses in an area, store hours, and the marketing and advertising of products. Our City Departments will also have the ability to tell good actors from bad ones, and the authority needed to enforce a responsible state-legal cannabis market in Los Angeles.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping to move Proposition M forward, and for your consideration in creating a temporary registration process, and in halting enforcement during this brief, interim period. We look forward to working closely with you, the Los Angeles City Council, the Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety, and other City Departments to begin fixing many of the challenges facing our communities and Los Angeles’ state-legal cannabis industry.

Respectfully,

Vigil Grant

President and Co-founder, Southern California Coalition

Adam Spiker

Executive Director, Southern California Coalition

cc:      

The Honorable President of the Los Angeles City Council Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Kerkorian

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Nury Martinez

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitchell Englander

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Hussar

The Honorable Los Angeles City Councilmember Joe Buscaino

ADDENDUM

The following is a sampling of elected officials, civic and community leaders, groups and organizations, who have endorsed and/or expressed support for Proposition M:

 

The Honorable Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Christopher Newsom

Alliance of San Fernando Valley Neighborhood Councils (all 34 Neighborhood Councils)

Americans for Democratic Action

Americans for Safe Access

Daniel Andalon – First Vice President of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council

Donnie Anderson – Chair of the Los Angeles Branch of the NAACP

Anahuak Youth Sports Association

Sarah Armstrong – Americans for Safe Access

Avance Democratic Club

Jill Banks Barad – Founder and Chair of the Valley Alliance of Neighborhood Councils

Charlie Beck – Chief of Police for the Los Angeles Police Department

Yamileth Bolaños – Medical Marijuana Advocate

Cheryl Branch – Executive Director of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Churches

Luis Cabrales – Executive Director of Inclines Undos

The Reverend John Edward Cager, III – Paster of the historical Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles

California Friends of the African-American Caucus

California Growers Association

California Minority Alliance

California Teamsters

Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council

Cultivators Alliance

Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley

Drug Policy Alliance

Father Richard Estrada – Founder of Jovenes Inc., President of the Board of Directors, Episcopal Priest at Church of the Epiphany

Dr. E. Wayne Gaddis, Sr. – President of the California Missionary Baptist State Convention

Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance

Minnie Hadley-Hempstead – President of the Los Angeles Branch of the NAACP

Rusty Hicks – Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

IBEW Local 11

Craig Lally – President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League

Mary Leslie – President of the Los Angeles Business Council

Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force

Los Angeles Branch of the NAACP

Los Angeles County Democratic Party

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Los Angeles County Young Democrats

Los Angeles Delivery Alliance

Los Angeles UCBA Trade Association

The Honorable Steven K. Lubell, Retired, former Trial Court Commissioner of the Superior Court of the State of California

Mid-Town North Hollywood Neighborhood Council

Minority Business Alliance

Northridge South Neighborhood Council

North Valley Democratic Club

Pacoima Beautiful

Plaza Community Services-Youth Services Division

San Fernando Valley Young Democrats

Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council

David Sifuentes – Los Angeles Fire Department Captain and Former President of Los Bomberos de Los Angeles

Stonewall Democratic Club

Supernova Women

UFCW International

UFCW Local 770

UFCW Western States Council

The Californian

The Los Angeles Daily News

The Los Angeles Times

Valley Industry and Commerce Association

Weedmaps

Richard Zaldivar – Founder and Executive Director of The Wall Las Memorias Project

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