Rumors have been flying that a medical marijuana dispensary will soon open in the heart of Larchmont Village.
The location is alleged to be on the second floor of 215 N. Larchmont, in the building that houses Hamburger Hamlet and Alternative Apparel on the ground floor. The owner of the building would not confirm or comment on the leasing of the location to a medical marijuana collective.
Larchmont Buzz learned that Council District 4 has been in contact with the City Attorney’s office and the LAPD about this prospective business. “Larchmont Boulevard is a neighborhood street, and a marijuana dispensary is inconsistent with its historic character. I am working closely with other city agencies to determine the legality of any new marijuana-related businesses on the street,” Councilman LaBonge told the Buzz.
According to one source, the dispensary planning to rent the space could be a medical marijuana collective originally on Sunset Blvd that will relocate to Larchmont Blvd. This dispensary appears to be on the Proposition D Information List, compiled by the City. The list contains names of Medical Marijuana Businesses that were registered prior to a moratorium put in place in 2007, fulfil various other timely registrations with the City and thus will be allowed to operate legally in Los Angeles.
The City Attorney’s office would not yet respond to Larchmont Buzz requests for information on the rumored pot shop, but shared a flyer titled: Proposition D – Frequently Asked Questions. The flyer details what “protected” Medical Marijuana Businesses must do to comply with Proposition D requirements. According to the flyer, the allowed dispensaries must not:
- Open or operate between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.;
- Have marijuana and/or alcohol consumed on the premises or parking area;
- Allow a minor unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian to enter the premises;
- Have any marijuana visible from the exterior of the premises;
- During closure hours, illuminate the premises by any lighting visible from the exterior of the premises, except reasonable security lighting;
- Locate any access (other than an emergency exit) on any side of the location that abuts, is across the street (unless 80 feet wide), alley or walk from the location, or has a common corner with residentially zoned land. Any non-complaint business has until December 17, 2013 to move to a compliant location;
- Locate within a 1000–foot radius of a school, or within a 600–foot radius of a public park, public library, religious institution, child care facility, youth center, alcoholism, drug abuse recovery or treatment facility, or other medical marijuana business.
Business owners in the Village are already up in arms about the possibility of a pot shop on Larchmont Boulevard.
“As a business owner, resident and parent, I am outraged that [the landlord] would think a pot shop is an acceptable tenant and a good idea for Larchmont Village” Joane Pickett, owner of Pickett Fences told the Buzz. “Larchmont is one of the last places parents feel comfortable giving their children some freedom, that would all change with a pot shop. They are a cash business and attract crime. With the LBA, CD#4 and Larchmont BID, I will work hard to prevent this from happening.”