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Friday, September 30, 2016

Pot clinics might be zoned out of Echo Park & Silver Lake *

Patrons of the pot clinics that have popped up across Echo Park and Silver Lake might want to prepares themselves for a longer drive or bus ride to buy their medical marijuana. The Planning Department map above shows where in Echo Park and Silver Lake, as defined by the city’s community plan, medical marijuana collectives could open dispensaries if they had to remain at least 500 feet away from residential areas. Apparently the only spot that meets that criteria is a narrow industrial strip (circled in red above) that straddles Fletcher Drive along the Los Angeles River (Dispensaries could also in theory open in a tiny strip along the river near Lincoln Heights but that land is used as a rail yard). There has also been discussion about allowing those clinics that opened before the city slapped a moratorium on new outlets to continue to operate. However, only one clinic, near Sunset Junction in Silver Lake, apparently meets that requirement.

It is still not certain if the city council will adopt these restrictions as part a long-delayed effort to to adopt a medical marijuana ordinance. More maps and information on the ordinance are posted on the Planning Department website.

* Update: The Planning Department will go over the maps and elements of the proposed ordinance in a public briefing today at 3 PM in Room 501 of City Hall. The meeting is designed for city council staff but is open to the public.

Boyle Heights medical marijuana map
Northeast LA medical marijuana map



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