The LBCC established how much businesses will pay to fund their own oversight
The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday unanimously plowed ahead with its efforts to regulate the city’s budding recreational marijuana industry, establishing how much businesses will pay to fund their own oversight.
Under city law, the new industry’s application and permit renewal fees will help cover the costs of regulating pot businesses, including for performing background checks and inspections. These fees differ from the marijuana tax rates set by voters, when they approved Measure MA in 2016, and it is the council’s responsibility to establish them.
On Tuesday, the council also set the fines and penalties for pot businesses that break the law.
Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, who represents District 5 in East Long Beach, said she’s glad businesses operating without a license will face a fine. But she added that she hopes the amount those businesses pay will be in line with the fines in other cities.
“I appreciate that there’s a penalty placed on those who are non-authorized growers in the city,” she said. But it’s important “ours aren’t just chosen at a lower amount or higher amount (than other cities) for no reason.”
A plethora of city agencies will oversee and serve the industry – such as the police, fire and health departments, and the city attorney’s and city manager’s offices – to ensure business are operating legally, according to a staff report.
To Read The Rest Of This Article On The Cannifornian, Click Here