As of mid-February, the city of L.A. collected more than $2.2 million in licensing fees for cannabis businesses, exceeding expectations.
The city of Los Angeles’ new Dept. of Cannabis Regulation, which has taken in far more revenue than was anticipated since marijuana became legal for recreational purposes in January, got the OK today from the Los Angeles City Council to add 21 positions to its current staff of five.
“That is a huge jump from our current capacity,” said Cat Packer, head of the department. “As a new department, we are participating in the city’s normal budget process, but this is going to allow us to allocate resources a little bit quicker and make sure that we have the capacity we need to move forward with the next steps.” […]