Cannabis Advisory Workgroup

In September of 2016, Angeles Emeralds was asked to write a motion on how we would want to see regulations created for LA County.  It was our recommendation that an Advisory Committee representing all districts of LA County be formed.  An advisory workgroup was formed in 2017 and Angeles Emeralds was invited to participate.

In close cooperation with the County Board of Supervisors and other County departments, the Office of Cannabis Management convened an Advisory Workgroup to help guide the development of cannabis regulations for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The group’s membership represented major stakeholders, including community members, business owners, advocacy groups, public health experts and cannabis industry participants, all of whom contributed their time on a volunteer basis. 

The Cannabis Advisory Committee met eight times during the summer of 2017.

Through a consensus-based decision-making process, members of the Cannabis Advisory Committee developed a series of recommendations on topics including youth access and exposure, public health and safety, rules for cannabis businesses, taxation and economic development, and equity.

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Los Angeles County covers 4,000 square miles.  The unincorporated areas include more than 2,600 square miles, represent two-thirds of the County's land.  Unofficially grouped into 137 non-contiguous areas, some of the unincorporated areas are as small as a few blocks, some are urban centers with more than 150,000 residents and some, with sparse populations, cover hundreds of square miles in the high desert. If they comprised a single city, the unincorporated areas would be the third most populous in the State, after Los Angeles and San Diego. The unincorporated areas are both socially and economically diverse.

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LA County Cities Regulating

16 out of 89 Jurisdictions

Baldwin Park





Culver City

El Monte

Huntington Park




Long Beach

Los Angeles




Santa Monica

West Hollywood



Laws & Regulations

October 9, 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation implementing the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) creating a dual licensing system for medical marijuana between the state and local governments.  It also divided the responsibility for state licensing between three state entities - Bureau of Cannabis Control, California Department of Public Health, and California Department of Food and Agriculture. 

November 8, 2016, Prop 64 - Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) was voted into law establishing legal adult use and commercial cannabis.

June 27, 2017, MMRSA and AUMA were combined into the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulations and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) creating a general framework for the regulation of commercial medicinal and adult-use cannabis in California.

The three licensing authorities are currently working to draft regulations to clarify the requirements in MAUCRSA.

November 16, 2017, California's three cannabis licensing authorities released Emergency Regulations that outline the statewide standards and licensing procedures for manufacturing of commercial cannabis products.

June 18, 2018, the three authorities proposed to readopt their emergency regulations that are currently in effect, extending the time those regulations are in effect for another 180-day period.