SLO considering ban on pot delivery services
May 5, 2014
The San Luis Obispo City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday afternoon in which it will consider a ban on medical marijuana delivery services.
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 orders 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 banning outdoor cultivation of marijuana. But, the proposed ordinance would also ban the operation of medical marijuana delivery services within the city. Only delivery men who distribute to a maximum of two patients would receive exemptions.
The council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday for the first reading of the ordinance.
The proposed outdoor grow ban comes at a time when the state of California is adopting an approach of 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.
Local water boards are now working with the state board to implement the program.