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Marijuana Task Force

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Background

On February 13, 2017, the City Council considered a report on the City's options under the 2015 Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the 2016 Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA), also known as Proposition 64.  AUMA makes major changes to cannabis policy throughout the state. For example, individuals are now allowed to cultivate at home up to six cannabis plants per residence. In addition, retail outlets for the sale of recreational cannabis and other cannabis based businesses will be licensed by the state beginning January 1, 2018. Culver City has previously not permitted cannabis businesses within the city. Due to the changes at the state level, City Council wants to consider whether to change that existing policy, or whether to keep it. The Council also wants to consider a full spectrum of general regulations related to cannabis. 

The City Council’s Strategic Plan, Goal Five (“Identify New Revenue Sources to Maintain Financial Stability”), Objective One (“Potential Retail Marijuana Excise Tax”) states that City Council will consider whether retailers/dispensaries will be permitted in Culver City. If permitted, the City Council would consider a cannabis tax for placement on the ballot during the April 2018 municipal election.

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We want to hear from you! Please use the "Comment" section below to submit your comments, suggestions, concerns, or questions related to cannabis policy in Culver City.

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On September 11, 2017, the City Council considered recommendations from the City’s Marijuana Task Force to permit commercial cannabis activity in Culver City, and directed staff to return with proposed zoning and regulatory ordinances, along with associated regulations, that would: 

  1.  Allow the following medicinal and adult-use cannabis businesses in industrial zones within Culver City:
    • Delivery Only Retail (“Home Delivery”)
    • Manufacturing
    • Distribution
    • Testing
    • Indoor commercial cultivation (within specific areas identified by the City Council Subcommittee).
  2. Provide that applications for the above-listed commercial cannabis business types should be reviewed and approved through a ministerial permit process. Since these uses would be limited to industrial zones, no additional buffer zones should be required.
  3. Prohibit the following medicinal and adult-use cannabis businesses within Culver City:
    • Commercial outdoor cultivation
    • Commercial mixed-light cultivation 
  4. Limit the maximum number of cannabis businesses permitted in Culver City by business type, as follows: delivery-only retail (10), inclusive of any storefront retailers that also provide delivery; manufacturing (6); distribution (6); cultivation (indoors) (3); and testing laboratories (4).

 The City Council also directed staff to return with updated City maps showing locations where storefront (on-site) retail cannabis businesses (that may also offer delivery) may be eligible to locate, given the following buffer zones:

  • 600 feet from state identified sensitive receptors, plus 600 feet from parks & playgrounds; and
  • 600 feet from state identified sensitive receptors, 600 feet from parks & playgrounds, plus a 100 foot buffer from residential zones.

 State identified sensitive receptors are identified in the California Business and Professions Code, Section 26054. They are as follows:

  • Schools providing instruction in kindergarten or grades 1 through 12
  • Day Care Centers (defined in California Health & Safety Code Section 1596.76)
    • Any child day care facility other than a family day care home, and includes infant centers, preschools, extended day care facilities, and school age child care centers.
  • Youth Centers (defined in California Health & Safety Code Section 11353.1)
    • Any public or private facility that is primarily used to host recreational or social activities for minors, including, but not limited to, private youth membership organizations or clubs, social service teenage club facilities, video arcades, or similar amusement park facilities.

City Council also requested to see the impact on eligible sites for potential storefront retail businesses if a 600-foot buffer was instituted between the storefront retailers.

At its regular meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., the Culver City Council will discuss potential regulations for commercial cannabis businesses, including whether to allow storefront retail cannabis businesses ("dispensaries"), distancing requirements, and multiple permits per location.

When available, the meeting agenda and backup documents will be posted to the City's Meetings & Agendas webpage.

The meeting will take place at City Hall, Mike Balkman Council Chambers, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232. Underground visitor parking is accessible off Duquesne Avenue.


Marijuana Task Force

In order to formulate recommendations, as well as get community input, the City Council created the Marijuana Task Force on February 27, 2017. The purpose of the Marijuana Task Force is to develop a recommended plan, for consideration by the City Council, to address local regulation of recreational and/or medical cannabis. 

The community is invited to join the Marijuana Task Force at its meetings. Each meeting will include opportunity for public input and questions. The schedule is available below.

All meetings will take place in City Council Chambers, City Hall, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City. Underground visitor parking can be accessed off Duquesne Avenue.

Task Force Meeting #1  Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agenda

  • Draft Map of Marijuana Business Locations. (Note: Not the latest version. See below for latest version.) This map shows the 600 foot radius surrounding schools, day care centers, preschools, and youth centers. AUMA states that marijuana businesses cannot "be located within a 600-foot radius of a school providing instruction in kindergarten or any grades 1 through 12, day care center, or youth center that is in existence at the time the license is issued, unless a licensing authority or a local jurisdiction specifies a different radius."

Task Force Meeting #2

Saturday, June 3, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

 Agenda

Task Force Meeting #3 Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Agenda

Map Key

Green: commercial sites where marijuana businesses would be allowed

Blue: industrial sites where marijuana businesses would be allowed

Orange: all other zones (residential, open space, etc.) where marijuana businesses would not be allowed

Red: Properties with any portion within 600 foot buffer zones around schools, preschools, day cares, and youth centers, where marijuana businesses would not be allowed using the distance requirements added to state law by Proposition 64 (BPC Section 26054).

 

Task Force Meeting #4 Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 Agenda

Task Force Meeting #5

Monday, July 17, 2017, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Agenda

 

 Task Force Meeting #6  Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

 

Agenda

Video of Meeting (will be posted when available)

 

Task Force Membership

  • City Council: Mayor Jeff Cooper, Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells
  • Planning Commission: David Voncannon, Kevin Lachoff (alternate)
  • Finance Advisory Committee: Jose Casarez, Crystal Alexander (alternate)
  • Disability Advisory Committee: Robyn Tenensapf
  • City Manager: John Nachbar, City Manager; Jesse Mays, Assistant to the City Manager (alternate)
  • City Attorney Representative: Lisa Vidra, Senior Deputy City Attorney
  • Finance Department: Kambiz Borhani, Assistant Chief Financial Officer
  • Community Development: Todd Tipton, Assistant Community Development Director
  • Community Development – Planning: Michael Allen, Planning Manager
  • Community Development – Code Enforcement: Marian Aspnes, Enforcement Services Manager 
  • Fire Department: Fire Marshal Mike Nagy
  • Police Department: Lt. Manny Cid
  • Public Works: Joe Susca, Senior Management Analyst

 

We Need Your Input!

Culver City would like your help in determining the City's response to the State's new cannabis rules. Please let us know your thoughts by submitting your comments, below. The City would like to know your thoughts on the following questions:

  • Should the City continue to ban or allow commercial cannabis?
  • Should the City permit Medical, Recreational or both?
  • What type of commercial cannabis businesses should be allowed to operate?
  • How many commercial cannabis businesses should be allowed to operate (Zoning Maps)?
  • How should the City address zoning issues such as set-backs, buffer zones and sensitive use areas? What facilities should be considered sensitive uses?
  • How and when should commercial cannabis business be allowed to operate?
  • While developing the regulatory framework, how should the City address social equity?
  • Should the City impose reasonable regulations on the personal cultivation of cannabis?
  • What type of tax scheme should the City consider?

Please indicate in your response whether you are a Culver City resident, business owner, prospective business owner, or other.

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