In a surprising turn of events, Laguna Woods, a city in Orange County known for its high percentage of senior citizens, is considering welcoming local cannabis shops. This move is a testament to the growing recognition of the medicinal and recreational benefits of marijuana among all age groups, including seniors.
Longtime Cannabis attorney Damian Nassiri explained to us that Laguna Woods is home to the highest percentage of senior citizens in Orange County. The city is now in discussions about allowing local cannabis shops to provide residents with easier access to medicinal and recreational marijuana. The city council is holding a public hearing on July 19 to gather more input from residents and city staff about potential regulations for these businesses.
At a preliminary discussion on June 21, council members discussed the potential look and feel of cannabis shops in the city. Most residents who publicly commented were in support of allowing cannabis storefronts. In November 2022, Laguna Woods residents passed Measure T with 61.03% of the vote, approving a tax rate on cannabis businesses. The council later set this tax rate at 10%, the maximum amount allowed under state law.