Marijuana Shops Could Return to Malibu

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The city planning department is currently processing two applications from applicants hoping to open medical marijuana shops in Malibu.

Under city code, a maximum of two pot shops is allowed in city limits. In order to consider approving the current applications, the city must first revoke two existing conditional use permits (CUPs) still in effect for the now-closed Malibu Collective Caregivers and PCH Collective, according to Planning Director Joyce Parker-Bozylinski.

“For the two new applications, one is proposing to ‘carve out’ a ten- ant space in the Colony Liquor tenant space and the other is proposed by Norm [Haynie]” in the old gas station building and car wash located just south of Kentucky Fried Chicken on Pacific Coast Highway, said Parker-Bozylinski.

The city lost both its medical marijuana dispensaries in July 2012 when Malibu Collective and PCH Collective were ordered to close up shop by the U.S. Attorney General’s office in a countywide crackdown.