The City of West Hollywood is officially requesting that the City of Los Angeles revoke the temporary operating license it has granted to the Cookies Cannabis Dispensary on Melrose Avenue and deny Cookies a permanent license.
It a letter to LA Deputy City Attorney Taylor Wagniere, West Hollywood City Manager Paul Arevalo cites complaints from West Hollywood residents who live near the store, which is located within the City of West Hollywood. The store is within the L.A. City Council’s 5th District, which is represented by Paul Koretz, who also has expressed concerns about Cookies.
Noting that West Hollywood is devoting significant resources to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arevalo wrote “In a time of a global health pandemic were city resources are strained and residents are urged to stay home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is unacceptable that one business should be permitted to cause such disruptions and havoc to the city and its residents at home on a near daily basis.”
Arevalo said that customers of Cookies have ignored parking regulations in adjacent residential areas within West Hollywood, have been seen jaywalking into traffic and speeding down residential streets. He also noted that residents have complained of public consumption of alcohol and cannabis and urinating in public and have said some Cookies’ customers have threatened residents if they report those violations.