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    Business License Commission to Consider Revoking MedMen WeHo Cannabis License

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    The West Hollywood Business License Commission is set to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, to consider revoking Cannabis Legacy Medical Business License No. CLM-000001, issued to Farmacy Collective, doing business as MedMen WeHo, located at 8208 Santa Monica Boulevard.

    The commission is expected to adopt Resolution No. BLC24-0004, which outlines the decision to revoke MedMen’s license due to multiple violations of the West Hollywood Municipal Code (WHMC).

    MedMen, one of four original medical marijuana dispensaries in West Hollywood, transitioned to adult-use cannabis sales in 2018 following the passage of Proposition 64. In 2020, amendments to the city’s cannabis ordinance required these businesses to obtain a City Cannabis Legacy Medical Business License by July 1, 2021. MedMen obtained this license on June 1, 2021, with specific restrictions.

    Key Issues Leading to Revocation

    1. Unauthorized Management Agreement: On January 31, 2024, MedMen temporarily closed for financial restructuring. The store reopened on March 22, 2024, but city staff discovered a management agreement with Captor Retail Group, Inc., known as OnePlant. This agreement, effective February 23, 2024, was not approved through the required variance process, violating WHMC §5.70.043(b)(7).
    2. Unpaid Taxes: MedMen has failed to pay business taxes for December 2023, January 2024, March 2024, and April 2024, violating WHMC §3.36.040(n). Despite reporting gross receipts, no payments were made, and no arrangements were discussed with the court-appointed receiver to settle these taxes.

    Legal and Administrative Actions

    City staff issued multiple notices and citations to MedMen for these violations:

    • Notice of Violation (April 23, 2024): Instructed MedMen to cease operations under the unapproved management agreement.
    • Administrative Citations (May 1 and May 10, 2024): Further action for continued operation under the unapproved management agreement.

    Despite these efforts, MedMen continued operations under the unauthorized management agreement until May 17, 2024, when the agreement was terminated by the receiver. The failure to comply with tax payments further compounded the violations.

    Commission’s Recommendation

    City staff recommend revoking MedMen’s license based on the following grounds under WHMC:

    • Violation of City Ordinance (WHMC §5.08.190(b)(5)): Engaging in business activities contrary to city regulations.
    • Violation of License Conditions (WHMC §5.08.190(b)(8)): Failing to adhere to conditions and restrictions of the issued license.
    • Failure to Pay Taxes (WHMC §5.70.070(b)): Not paying applicable taxes for over three months.

    The hearing, scheduled by the West Hollywood Business License Commission, will determine the final status of MedMen’s Cannabis Legacy Medical Business License No. CLM-000001.

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    Paulo Murillo
    Paulo Murillohttps://wehotimes.com
    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]


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