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Greater Irvine Chamber Supports Zoning Amendment to Allow for Testing of Cannabis in Regulated Labs within the City

Monday, December 11, 2017

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The State of California will officially legalize the sale of marijuana on Jan. 1, as expressed by the voters when passing Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative by 57 percent. The City of Irvine has already outlawed dispensaries and cultivation practices within the city but on the Dec. 7 Planning Commission agenda was a zoning amendment to allow for the testing of cannabis in secure, licensed and regulated labs within specified districts already zoned for medical and research and development. 

On behalf of the Greater Irvine Chamberof Commerce, Whit Peterson, director of Government Affairs at the Chamber, spoke at the City Council meeting in favor of the zoning addition. 

“This item before you addresses the testing of cannabis products, not the distribution, cultivation or sale of cannabis in Irvine,” Peterson stated. “The testing that occurs for this product is the same as you would find for any pharmaceutical, food, or any other consumer good for that matter.”

After a lengthy discussion about the state driven regulations regarding marijuana and clarification about where these testing labs will be allowed to operate, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 to allow the zoning amendment. 

Peterson applauded the decision saying, “Tonight will ensure Irvine is competitive in this emerging market for years to come.” 

The issue will be taken up by the Irvine City Council sometime in January for full approval.


For more information about the Greater Irvine Chamber’s Government Affairs and ways to become involved, contact Whit Peterson.

Category: Chamber News

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