NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Thursday he is closing the city’s only medical cannabis dispensary after local police officers told him that the operation could have violated the city ordinance, a move that drew criticism from advocates and advocates of medical cannabis.
The announcement comes after the New Orleans Police Department told the city that its operations were illegal under the city code and the law prohibiting the cultivation and possession of marijuana in public.
Landrieo had called for the closure of the CBD dispensary after complaints from residents about its size and presence.
Landry said that officers were concerned about the potential for an incident.
“I’ve got to say it’s a very unfortunate situation,” Landrieus said Thursday during a press conference.
“We don’t want to have to shut our doors for a period of time.
But there’s no reason for this.”
Landrieos office confirmed that he was shutting down the CBD operation after city officials told him the facility could be a hazard to public safety.
The New Orleans City Council has voted in support of a plan that would have shut down the medical cannabis business and the only marijuana distribution center in the city.
A similar plan was approved in March by the city council, but the city has yet to take the necessary steps to do so.
Landriques administration also cited concerns about the safety of residents and staff.
The city is looking at other options for the CBD, including a temporary medical marijuana dispensary that would operate on the street.
The CBD would be a safe place to sell marijuana and distribute it.
Landrieu said he was encouraged by the council’s decision to approve the plan, but that he still has concerns.
“The fact that the council voted to go forward with a temporary moratorium is good, but I don’t think it’s the best approach,” he said.
“If the council is going to put this moratorium in place, they have to put a temporary ban in place for the whole city.”
Landriouas administration is also considering shutting down another CBD operation, but said it was unclear whether that would be the case.
The city is also reviewing the possibility of shutting down a medical cannabis cultivation facility, which is operated by New Orleans Medical Cannabis and is under investigation by state health officials.
Landriou said that he has asked state Health Commissioner Dr. James Corry to review the medical marijuana operations and the CBD operations and provide recommendations for changes to the city laws that will allow CBD dispensaries to continue.
“As far as I know, there’s not a lot of oversight of those kinds of operations, so there is some concern that this would happen,” Landriu said.
Landry has previously said that his administration was willing to listen to residents and businesses who have voiced concerns about CBD operations.
However, he has said that the city should be focused on more pressing issues like crime, mental health, and job growth.
The Louisiana House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would allow people with serious mental illness to possess marijuana in Louisiana.
The measure passed in the state’s Senate Thursday and now goes to Landrieouas desk for consideration in the New York state Assembly.
The legislation would allow a person with serious psychiatric conditions to possess up to an ounce of marijuana, but only if the person meets certain conditions.