California's Next Cannabis Battle May Be Coming to a City Near You – Lost Coast Outpost

Elliot Lewis, CEO of Catalyst Cannabis Co., at one of its dispensary locations in Long Beach on May 27, 2022. Lewis is leading the charge for voters to overrule local officials who oppose retail sales of cannabis. Photo by Alisha Jucevic for CalMatters

Working regular overnight shifts has distorted Samantha Kadera’s sleep schedule, so the emergency room doctor smokes cannabis a few times a week to relax before bed.

It’s a common habit among the young parents that Kadera knows in Manhattan Beach, the upscale Los Angeles suburb where she moved last year to raise her two elementary school-aged children in a more family-friendly environment.

But there are no dispensaries in the city; officials banned them five years ago after voters legalized recreational cannabis in California, concerned about attracting criminal activity and advertising aimed at minors. So Kadera stops at a store on her way to and from the Westside L.A. hospital where she works.

Changes loom if Manhattan Beach residents approve an initiative this fall to allow as many as two licensed cannabis businesses. It has triggered an increasingly acrimonious battle between a local entrepreneur eager to gain a foothold in a fresh market and city leaders determined

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