Last September, the already-overdue third phase of cannabis licensing was set to begin in Los Angeles, a city deeply underserved in legal retail. But, on the day L.A.’s first-come, first-served application program began, two applicants gained early entrance to the city system.
In October, a city councilmember demanded the licensing process be investigated. One month later, Cannabis Regulation Director Cat Packer said no licenses would be granted until an audit of last fall’s early entrance incident was completed.
This week the commissioned audit indicated that no bias was shown in the episode.
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- A staff error resulting from changing the retail applicants’ passwords provided the early access. Auditors called the Los Angeles response “reasonable and appropriate.”