A Los Angeles City Council committee will hold a rare evening meeting Tuesday, with hundreds of people planning to attend and speak out on the proposed marijuana regulations under consideration.

The Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee is scheduled to hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on a draft ordinance that implements the guidelines contained in Measure M, which was approved by city voters in March and outlines a process to regulate and tax the industry. The ordinance also addresses such regulatory issues as licensing.

The city’s draft ordinance was introduced in June for a 60-day public comment period, which is coming to a close after the meeting. In November, California voters approved the legalization of recreational marijuana, effective Jan. 1.

“We will continue to have a robust dialogue about the regulatory framework and a healthy debate of Los Angeles’ growing cannabis industry prior to final recommendations being considered by the City Council,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson in June. “I’m calling on all residents and stakeholders to provide comments and feedback on the draft documents to ensure the pending regulations are inclusive of all communities.”

The Southern California Coalition, a trade organization for the marijuana industry, predicted that hundreds of people would attend the meeting. Virgil Grant, the SCC’s president, said after the draft ordinance was released that he had some issues with it but believed the process of amending it will be fair.

“I have confidence that they will correct some of the things moving forward,” he said. “It is pretty vague what is written right now and there will be more details coming in the next few months, and so we are just going to stay involved in that process.”

—City News Service

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