Commission approves Downtown zone change that could allow more cannabis dispensaries – Long Beach Business Journal – Long Beach News

The Long Beach Planning Commission on Thursday approved plans for a new cannabis dispensary in Downtown Long Beach—including a required zoning change that could pave the way for other cannabis businesses to locate in the area.

This week’s decision, however, must first be ratified by the City Council.

The 4,639-square-foot dispensary at 433 Pine Ave. requires special approval because it would operate out of the bottom level of a residential building, a co-location that isn’t currently permitted in the city’s Downtown zoning code.

If approved by the City Council, permitting the dispensary would lead to larger changes in the zoning code and Downtown plan that would allow other shops selling cannabis for recreational use in areas zoned for retail use in Downtown, and for them to be located in mixed-use commercial and residential buildings.

There are currently no licenses available for new dispensaries, but a feasibility study currently underway is looking into the possibility of offering additional licenses to disadvantaged entrepreneurs seeking to enter the legal cannabis industry.

The Downtown Business Alliance and the building’s homeowners association expressed its support for the dispensary.

“The ground floor retail space located at 433 Pine Avenue has long been vacant, and DLBA has

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