The planned location of the new Catalyst Cannabis Co dispensary at 433 Pine Ave. in Downtown Long Beach. Photograph by Alena Maschke.
The Long Beach Planning City Council Tuesday night approved a zoning change that could pave the way for more cannabis businesses to locate in Downtown Long Beach.
The zoning code amendment was prompted by an application to open a recreational cannabis shop in a mixed-use building on Pine Avenue, which was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission in April.
“We’re going to bring union jobs, we’re going to bring revenue to the city,” Elliot Lewis, the applicant and CEO of Catalyst Cannabis Co, which already runs several dispensaries in Long Beach and beyond, told the City Council.
Lewis is planning to open a 4,639-square-foot dispensary at 433 Pine Ave. To do so, he needed special approval from the Planning Commission as well as a zoning change. The dispensary would operate on the ground floor of a residential building, a co-location that isn’t currently allowed in the city’s Downtown zoning code.
The zoning change will still have to be read a second time before it can go into effect. If given final approval, it would allow other shops selling