As of Feb. 2, Cornerstone Research Collective is one of two dispensaries in Eagle Rock that has obtained a temporary city permit to sell recreational marijuana. Ninety-nine Los Angeles businesses have received recreational city permits in accordance with Proposition 64 — the Adult Use of Marijuana Act — which passed in November 2016. Cornerstone also has the state permit required to sell recreational marijuana, according to owner Carlos de la Torre. With the two permits, the dispensary can sell marijuana to anyone over the age of 21 with valid I.D.
Located only 1.5 miles away from Occidental’s campus, across the street from the Target on Colorado Boulevard, Cornerstone has been serving the Eagle Rock community for almost 11 years. De la Torre said that in order to appeal to the Occidental community, Cornerstone is offering a five percent discount to Oxy students in addition to the 15 percent discount for Eagle Rock residents.
De la Torre said he has played a vital role in the political process of legalizing recreational marijuana for many years. In 2012, he worked with other dispensary owners and manufacturers to construct the Proposition T Ordinance. One of the goals outlined in the legislation was to amend the Municipal Code Chapter 8.64 — Prohibition of Recreational Marijuana Businesses — in Lemon Grove, California. Despite the ordinance not being approved, he continued to work as an active member of the United Cannabis Business Association, a group of dispensary owners and cannabis manufacturers in California that focuses on raising awareness about the cannabis industry.
Despite De la Torre’s efforts to advocate for recreational marijuana legalization in the last decade and a large uptick in customers since Feb. 2, De la Torre said he remains ambivalent about Cornerstone’s transition from a medical to a recreational dispensary.
“It’s a relief, I suppose,” De la Torre said. “However, there is a