In a 12-0 vote Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council approved a regulatory framework for licensing marijuana businesses ahead of California’s statewide cannabis market launch on Jan. 1.
The council voted to advance three ordinances to the mayor’s desk, all of which establish a wide-ranging set of rules for marijuana businesses that want to operate within the city, including a social equity program designed to involve minorities and those affected by the war on drugs in L.A.’s cannabis sector.
“This vote is just one vote. There will be a series of others,” Council President Herb Wesson said. “Today is our moment to set the tone … for the rest of this country.”