L.A. May Restrict Who Can Challenge a Marijuana Shop’s City License

A marijuana plant growing in a legal California greenhouse. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

A marijuana plant growing in a legal California greenhouse. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles might restrict who can lodge appeals when marijuana businesses get city licenses, blocking challenges from people who do not live, work or own property nearby.

The controversial idea was tucked into draft rules that would lay the groundwork for what is widely expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the country — a burgeoning industry could pump more than $50 million in tax revenue into city coffers next year.

Under the proposed rules, which had been heavily shaped by the office of City Council President Herb Wesson, L.A. would allow appeals only from the business applicants themselves or “occupants, stakeholders, or property owners who reside or own property” within 500 feet.

Wesson staffers said that wording was meant to include people who live, work or own property within that 500-foot radius.

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