Need some pot? City-permitted marijuana shops are beginning to sprout across the Eastside

One of the shops permitted by the city to sell recreational marijuana


About a hundred businesses have so far received temporary approval from City Hall to sell cannabis for recreational use. Only a few of those shops and businesses permitted to engage in “commercial cannabis activity” are on the Eastside. But the list is growing.

The city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation is already making more money than expected since selling recreational marijuana to customers age 21 and over became legal on Jan. 1 with property city and state permits, according to the L.A. Times. Revenue through June is expected to be about $3.5 million.

The Daily News notes that, as one might expect, the early permits went to medical marijuana dispensaries that already existed and had “limited immunity” to keep operating under the city’s old system for medical marijuana.

The new cannabis permits to sell recreational pot will be issued to retailers, growers, distributors and other related businesses. However, those same businesses will also need a state permit as well to legally start selling recreational marijuana.

The permitted pot shops and businesses must abide by numerous rules and regulations. One way to know you’ve found a legitimate dispensary: The temporary city permit will – by law – be displayed where you can see it from outside. You’ll also find signs forbidding you from loitering, drinking and, yes, smoking or otherwise consuming cannabis in public. Hours are 6 a.m. at the earliest to 10 p.m. at the latest. And, sorry, free samples are not permitted.

It’s clearly a new world. Occidental College’s newspaper The Occidental  notes  that Cornerstone Research Collective on Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock is offering a 5% discount to Occidental students – a target demographic which, in earlier generations, would certainly not have needed a discount to encourage a purchase.

Owner Carlos de la Torre told The Occidental that the permits have meant more responsibility as well business:

“It’s a relief, I suppose,” De la Torre said. “However, there is a little bit of apprehension as well because with this new chapter comes a lot more responsibility.” De la Torre said that since obtaining the recreational license, he and his employees have been working hard to measure, label and package the cannabis in order to comply with statewide standards. “There’s a very measured way we do everything.”

Here are places on the Eastside that have received a temporary city permit as of Feb. 19:

Atwater Village

Boyle Heights

Eagle Rock

East Hollywood

Elysian Valley

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  1. There is a sign on the Mohawk Collective window with the green medical cross. Is this going to be recreational or medical shop? I am so surprised either is allowed right next door to the school right there. And it seems it may be the first one in Echo Park so will get very crowded.

    • I’ve read that in the past few years it’s become much harder for underage kids to buy pot; no one will risk selling to kids since it’s legal for adults, why bother?

      If you can sell pot legally to 20-30 people per day, why would you risk jail time for selling to one underage kid?

  2. CCA on Sunset near Silverlake Blvd is also a recreational shop now too. It used to be strictly medical only, but they announced about a week ago they’re compliant.

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