Costa Mesa First Orange County City to Welcome Recreational Marijuana Businesses
Costa Mesa will likely soon become the first Orange County city to allow businesses to manufacture, distribute and test recreational marijuana.
Costa Mesa already allows such businesses for medical marijuana, thanks to Measure X, an initiative approved by voters in 2016. That measure allows the businesses to operate in a northwest portion of the city – north of the 405 freeway and just west of Harbor Boulevard.
The City Council on March 20 voted 5-0 to expand the program to include recreational marijuana. It will have to vote a second time on April 3 for the new rules to take effect for that same area of Costa Mesa.
Since California voters supported legalizing recreational marijuana in 2016, state law allows the use, possession and cultivation of pot by those 21 and older as well as the related businesses.
Cities were allowed to set their own regulations for businesses. Dispensaries, retail sales and commercial cultivation remain prohibited in Costa Mesa.