Information & Updates

El Monte Marijuana Cultivation and Distribution Facility

UPDATED JAN. 16, 2019

On Dec. 18, 2018, the El Monte City Council approved a 71,000 sq. ft. marijuana cultivation and distribution facility adjacent to Temple City neighborhoods.

This decision was made despite community protest and letters from Temple City officials expressing significant health and safety concerns from the proposed project—in addition to plans for a nearby clustering for nine additional El Monte marijuana facilities near Temple City neighborhoods.

The City Attorney recently filed suit, citing that El Monte officials failed to fulfill their responsibility under the California Environmental Quality Act to fully analyze the facility's potential impacts.

When made available, lawsuit documents and updates will be posted to this page.


For project-related questions, please contact:

Betty Donavanik
City of El Monte
Community and Economic Development Director
(626) 258-8626


Map: 4400 Temple City Blvd.
Across from Temple City residential areas: Bisby and Gidley Sts., Ellis Ln. and Temple City Blvd.

Map: Other Proposed Marijuana Facilities
Seven other El Monte marijuana facilities are proposed in the vicinity of 4400 Temple City Blvd. 

Map: El Monte Neighborhoods Designated for Cannabis Growing and Processing
Facilities are not located within 800' of a school; buffer areas are shown on the maps.

     East Valley Entryway (three proposed facilities)
     Flair Park (testing is only allowed)
     Northwest (one approved, seven proposed facilities)


Nov. 8, 2018
Project Proposal and Public Hearing Notice
El Monte's Notice of Intent to adopt an Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Nov. 26, 2018
Letter Identifying Project-Related Health and Safety Concerns
Temple City's formal response to the project's proposed Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.

Nov. 27, 2018
Planning Commission Report  I  Video*
El Monte's staff recommendation requesting project approval by the El Monte City Council.

Nov. 27, 2018
El Monte's Response to Temple City's Identified Concerns
Includes responses to other parties citing environmental concerns, including the City of Rosemead.

Dec. 6, 2018
Temple City's Response to El Monte's Written Comments
Letter from Temple City officials expresses inadequate responses by the City of El Monte. 

Dec. 18, 2018
City Council Staff Report (begins on pg. 121)
El Monte's staff recommendation requesting all required project approvals by the El Monte City Council.

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Will El Monte approve its first marijuana business? Temple City and Rosemead residents hope not.
Nov. 28, 2018  I  Pasadena Star News

艾市批准大麻基地 千名華裔抗議
(El Monte approves marijuana facility, 1,000 Chinese protest)
Dec. 3, 2018  I  World Journal

艾市大麻基地案 上千華人周末抗議 - 世界新聞網
(1,000 Chinese to protest El Monte marijuana facility)
Dec. 5, 2018  I  World Journal

Protesters rally against proposed marijuana facility in El Monte
Dec. 8, 2018  I  San Gabriel Valley Tribune

數百華人 抵制大麻基地
(Hundreds of Chinese protest marijuana facility)
Dec. 9, 2018  I  World Journal

Marchas en contra de dispensarios de marihuana en El Monte
(Marches against marijuana dispensaries in El Monte)
Dec. 14, 2018  I  Noticias 62

Opposition to El Monte marijuana project by Chinese community comes from long-held stigmas ...
Dec. 16, 2018  I  Pasadena Star-News

El Monte approves controversial medical marijuana growing fa
Dec. 19, 2018  I  Pasadena Star-News

多圖/艾市大麻基地 數百居民抗議
(Hundreds of residents protest)
Dec. 19, 2018  I  World Journal

(El Monte marijuana facility: hundreds of Chinese Americans protest)
Dec. 19, 2018  I  China News/ICBC Beijing

(El Monte approves conditional use permit for marijuana facility)
Dec. 19, 2018  I  US News Express

大麻基地通過 華人心寒擬搬離加州
(Cannabis facility passes, Chinese move out of southern California)
Dec. 26, 2018  I  World Journal

El Monte City Council puts final stamp approving medicinal marijuana facility
Jan. 8, 2019  I  Fox 11 News

儘管華人抗議艾市大麻工廠 市議會二讀過關
(Chinese protest El Monte marijuana facility at council meeting)
Jan. 9, 2019  I  World Journal

艾市大麻工廠過關 居民不放棄
(El Monte passes cannabis facility, residents do not give up their protest)
Jan. 9, 2019  I  World Journal

為艾市大麻爭議 黃錦波重出江湖
(Amidst El Monte marijuana facility protests, Huang Jinbo makes an appearance)
Jan. 10, 2019  I  World Journal