HISTORY OF THE LBCA
IN The beginning...
In 2010 The LBCA started to meet in response to city ordinance. City of Long Beach passes 5.87, the first ordinance allowing cultivation and dispensing of medical cannabis within the city. In 2011 the LBCA became an established organization to help city council with cannabis regulations
Pack Vs Long Beach. In2012 The Pack Vs City of Long Beach case resulted in the city wide BAN ON CANNABIS. Once the ban was set in place, dispensaries were allowed 6 months of operations and on August 12, 2012 the dispensaries shut down operations and turned to campaign efforts to work on a voter led ballot initiative ordinance.
LBCA political efforts garnished 50,00+ signatures to place a Medical Marijuana initiative on the ballot. When the ballot initiative was submitted to the city, the city clerk office deemed that 18 signatures were invalid from being able to qualify for one-to-one count and qualify for election. The initiative did not make it to the 2014 ballot.
Due to the "at least" 32,000 valid signatures of registered voters from the Medical Marijuanna initiative efforts in 2013, city council acknowledged the effort and placed measure MA, a marijuanna tax initiative, on the 2014 ballot. IT PASSED. The Long Beach Cannabis Task Force was created by the city to carry out a citywide study. Compiled of 18 people, two per district, that included former law enforcement, federal judges, and other community residents including members from Long Beach Collective Association.
The Long Beach Cannabis Task Force provided a recommendation for cannabis regulation to Long Beach City Council. At the end of the year, city council voted 5-4 against cannabis regulations. Long Beach Collective Association partners with United Food and Commercial Workers Union to gather another 50,000+ signatures for a Medical Marijuana initiative for the upcoming November 2016 ballot.
2016 Ballot initiative MM with more than enough signatures reached the Long Beach November 2016 ballot, which passed with 60% of Long Beach votes. Statewide, Prop 64 was on the same ballot and passed with 63% which brought recreational, adult-use regulations to California residents
November, 2017, Long Beach City council placed a moratorium for recreational cannabis regulations for 180-days so they could research and city staff could create a recommendation and ordinance .The LBCA assisted the health department with an OCTA grant for cannabis education and public health campaign.
Long Beach has arrived, but getting here took a great deal of work. Some noted dates: June 19, 2018 - End of 180-day moratorium on adult-use (recreational) cannabis activity. City Council meets to discuss new adult-use cannabis ordinance. It passes the first read, 7-1 votes. July 10, 2018 - City Council meets for the second reading of adult-use cannabis ordinance, passing it with an 8-0 vote. Friday, July 13, 2018 - Mayor signs Long Beach Municipal Code (LBMC) Chapter 5.90 into law. August 13, 2018 - Existing medical dispensaries can apply for adult-use license and start city process with inspections. August 31, 2018 - Adult-use sales begin in Long Beach.
Long Beach has arrived, but getting here took a great deal of work. The Long Beach Collective Association (LBCA), cannabis business owners, policy advocates, patients, consumers, and city officials came together to support the city's legal cannabis community, lower taxes, and fight the illegal market. In December 2019, the Long Beach City Council voted to lower the city's tax rate from 6% to 1% for cannabis cultivators, manufactures, distributors, and testing laboratories. On January 7, 2020, the council voted to formally amend the city's cannabis tax ordinance reflecting the revised 1% tax rate which takes effect on February 13th, 2020.