Manhattan Beach will ask voters to maintain its ban on commercial cannabis.
The City Council this week voted to place a measure on the Nov. 8 general election ballot that would continue to prohibit marijuana sales, competing with a citizens initiative, the Cannabis Industry Measure, that seeks to repeal that ban and allow up to three dispensaries in town.
“We’re trying to protect the city from this initiative that would be a destructive thing in our city,” Councilwoman Hildy Stern said.
It has been nearly a year since residents in Manhattan Beach and the other beach cities filed such initiatives with their respective governments, efforts largely underwritten by the Long Beach marijuana chain Catalyst Cannabis Co.
The Manhattan Beach council voted in April to submit the citizens’ measure there to the November ballot, and in May decided to have staff come up with a competing measure.
Earlier this month, the body considered multiple options, but held off on making a decision until the Tuesday, July 19, meeting to make a decision, wary of confusing voters with alternatives that look like city leadership wants weed shops to come in.
The City Council could have also chosen to submit to the ballot a