Authors: Amelia Pludow*, University of California - Santa Barbara, Alan Murray, University of California - Santa Barbara
Topics: Spatial Analysis & Modeling, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Land Use
Keywords: undesirable land use, siting restrictions, spatial optimization, adult use cannabis
Session Type: Paper
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Those land uses which impose a real or perceived externality cost on their neighbors (e.g. prisons, landfills, waste treatment plants, liquor stores) are deemed undesirable and can be difficult to site. Their locations are often correlated with socio-economically disadvantaged populations. With the legalization of adult use cannabis in California in 2018, a new land use was introduced to the urban landscape- recreational cannabis retail locations. The nature of legalization, that one day retail shops were illegal and the next they were not, meant that new retail outlets were opening as quickly as cities would allow them to. Cities approached the permitting process differently from one another and in many cases, restrictions were put in place regarding where a shop could be sited. Common restrictions include minimum distance to schools and between shops and a cap on total number of shops in the municipality. This paper examines this issue and associated spatial implications.