Hookah Chamber History
Hookah Chamber of Commerce History
History has been made here in the City of Los Angeles. The Hookah Chamber of Commerce was born to serve the City of Los Angeles, regional businesses and community prosperity through Hookah advocacy, access to leaders, economic development, connectivity and business education. Los Angeles Hookah Chamber of Commerce is the leading organization dedicated to serving City and County of Los Angeles.
History of Hookah in City of Los Angeles has been a rocky road. In the beginning, the pioneers were violating city, state, and federal law to serve Angelenos with the plant that had many beneficial factors. The city came along and asked the Hookah businesses to register with the city which gave them the PRE ICO status and Prop D was passed to provide structure for the businesses. That did not help the Hookah industry in the City of Los Angeles, All it did was create a problem for many city departments and Angelenos. Being a PRE ICO and PROP D operative wasn’t a license to operate, it only gave you limited immunity.
Many responsible operators went to jail and had their lives turned upside down because they had chosen to be in an industry that did not have rules and laws. Organizations were born and advocates gave a good fight for Hookah freedom. Even among the organizations, there were much different understanding and they did not get along all the time. It took a decade for City of Los Angeles to come around and create rules and regulation for the Hookah industry.
Under the leadership of Herb Wesson, City of Los Angeles passed Prop M which will lead LA into the future of recreational Hookah.