Paso council deadlocked on marijuana delivery ban
July 18, 2014
An attempt to ban marijuana delivery services in Paso Robles stalled Tuesday when the city council deadlocked over the proposed moratorium
Citing public safety concerns and enforcement costs, Paso Robles city staff asked the council to institute an urgency ordinance prohibiting mobile medical marijuana dispensaries from delivering within the city limits. But, with Councilman John Hamon absent, the vote on the moratorium split 2-2 and the proposed ban stalled.
Mayor Duane Picanco and Councilman Ed Steinbeck voted in favor of the ban, while councilmen Fred Strong and Steve Martin opposed it.
A similar result occurred in San Luis Obispo in May when city staff asked the council to adopt a moratorium on medical marijuana deliveries. The San Luis Obispo City Council voted to table the ban.
In Paso Robles, a ban already exists on brick and mortar dispensaries. But, city staff say several mobile dispensaries make deliveries in Paso Robles and one has even applied for a business license.