Arroyo Grande bans mobile pot shops
October 10, 2012
The Arroyo Grande City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban mobile medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. [KCOY]
In 2008, Arroyo Grande adopted an ordinance banning brick and mortar dispensaries only. Following a San Luis Obispo County Grand Jury report in June recommending an additional ban on medical marijuana delivery services, the council voted Tuesday to amend the municipal code to also ban mobile dispensaries.
Mayor Tony Ferrara said that the council decided to ban the delivery services in order to create consistency in the city’s ordinance.
“It’s a ministerial action that we’re going to be taking to close a loophole in an already existing ordinance, and the motivation behind it is simply to a response we received from the grand jury,” Ferrara said.
Multiple members of the public spoke against the ban, including Arroyo Grande resident Lynn Lake, who warned the council decision might lead to blowback.
“If anything, they should be scared now that somebody is going to fight this ban on them and, just like what everybody has been saying, they just started a lot of trouble,” Lake told KCOY.
At the initial reading of the ordinance, Councilwoman Caren Ray voted against the mobile dispensary ban. On Tuesday, Ray voted with the rest of the council in favor of it.