Los Angeles lawmakers took another step Monday toward imposing regulations that would limit where and how marijuana businesses can operate as California legalizes the sale of recreational pot.
The elaborate regulations, which have been repeatedly tweaked at a string of city hearings, lay out the ground rules for what is expected to be one of the hottest marijuana markets in the country.
The City Council is slated to vote on the regulations Wednesday.
Under the proposed rules, pot shops would be restricted to specific commercial and industrial zones, and be barred from opening within 700 feet of schools, public parks and areas zoned as open space, public libraries, daycare centers, alcohol and drug treatment facilities, and permanent supportive housing, as well as from other marijuana retailers.
Other marijuana businesses—including growers and manufacturers—would be limited to industrial zones and prohibited within 600 feet of schools. And marijuana manufacturers that use volatile solvents would be barred from within 200 feet of residential areas.
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