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Los Angeles OKs Draft of New Regulations for Pot Industry

The Los Angeles City Council approved a draft of new regulations for the cannabis industry Tuesday, along with a string of other related measures as it looks to have its policy settled ahead of the drug becoming legal for recreational sale and use on Jan. 1.

The vote directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance addressing the procedure for businesses to get city licenses, along with rules for how the businesses can operate, including security requirements, ventilation standards, hours of operation and other guidelines.

Before the vote, Council President Herb Wesson, who has been heavily involved in creating the regulations, said there were still other issues that would need to be worked out and that the draft ordinance as it stands only solves “80 to 85 percent” of the questions. Wesson said he wanted to get the City Attorney’s Office working on the ordinance, and that it would come back to the council several times and continue to be worked on.

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