A public listening session on cannabis regulation in L.A. County was held at The Castaic Sports Complex on Saturday. Residents of SCV had the opportunity to give input on a variety of discussion topics including the location of cannabis businesses, youth exposure and more.
“Let’s do this right, let’s go to the community first…then we can take that into consideration when we write up the regulations,” said Cheri Thomas, a senior manager with the Office of Cannabis Management in L.A. County.
Some 50 people gathered in Castaic, offering input in small, group discussions consisting of less than 10 people each. Discussion topics included equity and economic development, personal cultivation, taxation and revenue, general concerns as well as the two listed above. The county provided background information regarding the passage of Proposition 64 before people assembled in group discussions.
Varying opinions regarding marijuana legalization were presented by different individuals at the listening session.
“One of the concerns that comes out is the protection of our youth,” said Thomas “What we see in Colorado is their perception of risk tends to increase when they start to see adults utilize it.”
She also emphasized that a person’s brain continues to develop as they grow up, even at 18 years old. Marijuana use has the potential to affect that development.
Although, there was one item that multiple people agreed on regarding marijuana—that cannabis presents medicinal benefits to its users. Two such…
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