Long Beach has tried giving away aquarium tickets, cheeseburgers and gaming systems to entice more residents to get vaccinated, but now a community group is taking a new approach by offering free joints for people who may still be holding out on getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
The change will allow businesses that infuse concentrates into products, extract cannabis oils using butter or oils or just package and label products to use the same space, similar to a commercial kitchen, but the law will require common-use space to be used at scheduled times by individual operators.
The original mural, approved but the city’s Cultural Heritage Commission in February, showed a large female figure with a butterfly on her finger, but some residents were concerned with the amount of female’s cleavage shown in the rendering.
Future Long Beach cannabis operators received a boost this month after the city received over $1.2 million in grants to help people open up businesses through the city’s social equity program.
The cities of Long Beach and Los Angeles received $1.26 million and $2.03 million, respectively, through the Cannabis Equity Grants Program, which aims to advance economic justice for communities that were disproportionately affected by cannabis prohibition.
The city’s cannabis equity program has required 40% of employee hires to be lower-income residents, but getting the same equity in ownership positions has been evasive.
The city manager’s office this week announced that it will be extending the deadline for licensed cannabis dispensaries to obtain a business license.
From cultivation to retail, the eight-week class will cover all sectors of the industry, with sessions taught by local business owners.
The event featured local and statewide cannabis industry professionals and promoted an education campaign called #WeedWise that the state’s newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control launched this spring.
One Love Beach Club was established in 2009 when the city first allowed the sale of medical marijuana.