Report Regarding Policy, Safety, and Health Considerations Related to the Cannabis Industry- Sponsored Initiative (Measure M)
On November 17, 2021, the Hermosa Beach City Clerk received a petition from the cannabis industry for the purposes of adopting an initiative that would modify Hermosa Beach’s policies and allow retail cannabis operations to be located in the City of Hermosa Beach within the C-3 (General Commercial) and Specific Plan Area-7 zones (Attachment 1). Having obtained the valid signatures of more than 10 percent of registered voters, the industry-sponsored initiative will be submitted, without alteration, to the voters on the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election ballot.
At its May 24, 2022 meeting, the Hermosa Beach City Council directed staff to prepare a report for educational purposes covering policy, safety, and health considerations related to the cannabis industry-sponsored initiative. As requested, this informational report provides considerations regarding the qualified initiative, which will appear on the November 8, 2022 General Municipal Election ballot as Measure M.
This informational report focuses on considerations pertaining to Measure M, which would require two cannabis retail storefront businesses be located in the City of Hermosa Beach under the specific provisions outlined in the ordinance. This report does not address medicinal sales, cultivation, distribution, or any issues related to the legal adult use of cannabis products.