LocationAlhambra , CA United States
The Alhambra City Council voted unanimously to pass the first reading of an ordinance to ban the commercial growth and sale of recreational marijuana in the city.
The ordinance would also restrict cannabis deliveries and regulate the personal cultivation of marijuana in a manner consistent with Proposition 64, a ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana.
“This is a good opportunity for the city to put regulations and restrictions in place,” said Vanessa Reynoso, deputy director of Alhambra’s Department of Community Development. The ordinance would allow the city to cite illegal businesses and lay out clear rules for what is allowed in Alhambra.
The city currently bans medical marijuana dispensaries and will continue to do so, Reynoso added.
Two people spoke out against the ordinance, saying that it went against the popular will of the people who approved Proposition 64 and that the city would lose out on tax revenue. “I want to emphasize that I’m not a user of marijuana, but I’m here because I want to defend the rights of others to buy and sell perfectly legal plants and its associated products,” said Justin Chap.*
Alhambra City Councilmember Luis Ayala praised the ordinance for setting safety standards for private growers. Mayor Jeff Maloney said that it was wise for Alhambra to pass this ordinance until adequate regulations exist statewide. “I appreciate this kind of take-it-slow approach, make sure we’re doing it right, and you know what, maybe down the road we’ll revisit it,” he said.
The ordinance will go into effect if the City Council passes a second reading.
*Justin Chap has contributed to the Alhambra Source
Updated at 8:43 p.m. with comments from City Council and residents.