Like many cities in California, Huntington Beach may consider a cannabis program to permit a limited number of retail stores and other cannabis industries to operate in the City. The City has formed an ad-hoc committee that includes Council Members Rhonda Bolton, Dan Kalmick, and Erik Peterson to discuss and recommend program details to the City Council for further consideration at a future meeting.
In 2016, California voters approved Prop 64 (Adult Use of Marijuana Act) legalizing recreational adult (21+) cannabis use and allows certain cannabis industries to operate, provided they secure both state and local permits to do so. While cities like Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, and Stanton allow some form of cannabis operations in their jurisdiction, Huntington Beach does not.
The ad-hoc committee held its first meeting on January 24, 2022 and considered various cannabis industries from retail to manufacturing, buffer zones from sensitive uses like schools, taxation rates for cannabis businesses, and the number of permits that would be issued. The committee will meet again on February 3 to narrow down their options and make their recommendations to the City Council in late February or early March.