Redondo Beach Scrambles to Draft Cannabis Ordinance After Initiative Qualifies for Ballot

One way or another, Redondo Beach is poised to greenlight marijuana sales within city limits.

A signature gathering effort for a cannabis legalization measure was recently certified by the Los Angeles County Recorder-Registrar. In response, the city council voted 4-1 to draft its own ordinance allowing cannabis retailers in Redondo.

The citizens initiative would allow three dispensaries and contains no tax provision. The council’s proposal, which does not need voter approval, would allow two dispensaries with certain location restrictions and impose a 5% fee on sales.

The city will survey residents about their opinions, but officials don’t want to take too long.

“We’re up against the gun,” said Councilman Christian Horvath, referring to the ballot initiative.

As has reported, Redondo Beach is one of a number of South Bay cities targeted for legalization through the local initiative process. The effort is spearheaded by the Economic Development Reform Coalition of Southern California (EDRCSC) and a marijuana dispensary chain called Catalyst Cannabis Co. They’ve been using the local initiative process to get cities to open their doors to cannabis dispensaries. In 2019, they got the El Monte City Council to legalize commercial cannabis.