A governing board of the 55-and-older California community passed a motion to allow the sale of non-THC CBD creams and lotions that are designed to relieve pain, but not tinctures, capsules or oral ingestibles, All CBD products were removed last November because of a misconception that they all contained the psychoactive THC chemical. A staff report said the products were “well received” by customers before the ban, generating $4,000 in sales, and it was estimated that offering them again could increase sales by $10,000 per year.
The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF), a governing board of the Laguna Woods Village community in Laguna Woods, Calif., has passed a motion that would return products containing cannabidiol, better known as “CBD,” to the shelves of its golf pro shop, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported.
Approved products would include non-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) cannabidiol creams and lotions—but no tinctures, capsules or oral ingestibles, as previously featured—that are designed to relieve pain, The Register reported.
In November of 2019, The Register reported, all CBD products were removed from the Laguna Woods pro shop due to misconceptions that the products contained THC, the psychoactive chemical of cannabis, according to a staff report by the Village Management Services (VMS).
While available, The Register reported, the products were “well received” by customers, generating more than $4,000 in merchandise sales, the staff report stated. And if CBD products were re-approved for sale, the report estimated that sales would increase by $10,000 per year.
The GRF unanimously approved the resolution, The Register reported. A 28-day notification requirement must now be satisfied and the issue will then be revisited in a September meeting to take the next steps needed to reintroduce the products in the pro shop.
Laguna Woods Village is a 55-and-older community that has 18,500 residents and has existed for over 50 years. Its resort-style amenities include 27 holes of championship golf courses, plus a nine-hole, par-3 executive course, as well as five swimming pools, a tennis facility, a lawn bowling center, an equestrian center, a performing arts center and numerous art studios.
In other actions taken by the GRF, The Register reported, a resolution was passed that would revise the Laguna Woods Recreation Department’s policy on internal clubs and their use of facilities on the property, as a way to free up availability for facility rentals to all members.
As revised, the policy would implement a certification process featuring a $50 annual fee and rollover rental booking limitations, The Register reported
The action was taken after a VMS staff report revealed that many members were being turned away when seeking a rental slot for private parties, The Register reported, because most rooms were already reserved for club functions.
Laguna Woods Village currently has 286 registered clubs and each year, club bookings have made up 9,200 dates, representing the majority of bookings, according to the VMS report. In contrast, there were only 4,485 dates reserved by private parties in 2019.
To “fairly and reasonably provide facility rentals to all members of the community,” the staff also recommended limiting the number of clubs at Laguna Woods Village to 250, The Register reported.
“The number of clubs [in the community] is constantly changing,” Senior Recreation Supervisor Jennifer Murphy said, The Register reported, and a significant portion of clubs are not active. A verification process that would be part of a new system for booking facilities would help to weed out the “dead” clubs, Murphy said.
The GRF also passed a resolution that would award $94,127 to the Riverside, Calif.-based Community Works Design Group to prepare construction documents and contractor bid packages for a driving range project at Laguna Woods Village, The Register reported.
As approved in the 2019 capital plan, $500,000 was already set aside to fund improvements for the range, which now has large areas that are heavily rutted or have simply become bare dirt, as well as terrain that has damaged utility vehicles and made equipment inoperable, The Register reported. The frequency of extended closures of the range due to muddy, post-rain conditions has also contributed to its state of disrepair.
“The only other option really is to close the driving range,” General Manager of Golf Operations Tom McCray said, noting many impossibilities of the range, such as golf ball retrieval for his staff, The Register reported. Necessary improvements would include an irrigation and drainage system, McCray said.
Currently, the four-acre range is “pretty much all one big rut,” McCray said. And the number of complaints from McCray’s staff to human resources alone may be enough cause to close the range unless timely action is taken, he added. “It was left to get to the point it is now, and we [have] to revive it,” McCray said.
Director Annette Soule, an avid golfer, told the GRF that the driving range had “divots the size of cars,” The Register reported.
“We have the money in the budget now, and it needs to be done now, because all it’s doing [now] is hindering staff and their efficiencies,” Soule said.