Posted on: January 24, 2018

City Zoning Code Amendment Confirms Inglewood Ban on Cannabis Business


The Mayor and City Council of the City of Inglewood have adopted a Zoning Code Amendment for the continued prohibition of cannabis business in the City. In an action to clarify its position following the 2017 change to California law allowing recreational cannabis use by adults over 21 years old, the City confirmed that commercial cannabis activity continues to be prohibited in Inglewood.

“Inglewood is a City that just keeps getting better,” said Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “We are focused on development that will improve the City of Champions for its residents, businesses, and visitors.  Commercial property is in high demand in Inglewood and we have our sights set on high-taste entertainment, pristine workplaces, desirable housing and opportunity for businesses to flourish in a safe and economically sustainable environment.”


            Zoning Code Amendment ZCA 2017-01 to Chapter 12 of the Inglewood Municipal Code clarifies that the City of Inglewood prohibits commercial and medical cultivation, sale, distribution, or dispensation of cannabis.  The only medical distribution of cannabis that could be permitted in Inglewood is for a patient of an inpatient medical facility,such as a hospital or hospice, subject to Special Use Permit approval by the City.  Possession and indoor cultivation by adults over 21 for personal use is allowed, subject to California State Law.  

The Amendment also asserts the future usage of the word “cannabis” in municipal documents rather than “marijuana” to be consistent with State descriptions of the substance.  

The City’s Planning Commission’s recommendation to amend the Zoning Code was confirmed in a public meeting on August 3, 2017.  At the meeting, Inglewood residents and stakeholders were invited to comment on the subject of cannabis in Inglewood.  After consideration of public opinion, the Planning Commission decided that the proposed 

Amendment was consistent with the City’s General Plan. The Planning Commission recommended that the Mayor and City Council amend the Municipal Code, and the action was carried out on September 26, 2017.  

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