SLO medical marijuana advocates prevail
May 7, 2014
The San Luis Obispo City Council voted 4-1 to table a proposed law to ban mobile medical marijuana and outside pot cultivation on Tuesday.
Last year, the city received several complaints about a medical marijuana growing operation in the backyard of a San Luis Obispo home. Neighbors complained of foul odors and pointed out that the backyard grow was located next to a day care center and three blocks away from a school.
In response, city staff crafted an ordinance that would not only ban the outdoor cultivation of marijuana, but would also ban medical marijuana delivery services within the city.
During public comment, proponents of medical marijuana spoke of its benefits to those suffering from illness.
In the end, the council decided not to ban the dispensaries and directed staff to look for a way to prohibit marijuana cultivation that creates a nuisance.
Councilman Dan Carpenter dissented saying he was uncomfortable regulating the use of a drug that is illegal under federal law.
Currently, the state of California is working with local water boards to adopt an approach for regulating marijuana cultivation to mitigate environmental damage. Governor Jerry Brown has directed the State Water Resources Control Board to develop a program regulating waste discharges from grow sites that can impact water and soil quality, as well as wildlife habitats.