Pismo Beach reverses ban on pot delivery ban

March 4, 2015

medical marijuan rxTwo weeks after unanimously voting in favor of banning medical marijuana delivery services, The Pismo Beach City Council abandoned its plan to enact the ban.

On Feb. 17, the council voted 5-0 in favor of the ban without debating the issue at all. No member of the public spoke to the proposal, either.

On Tuesday evening, several medical marijuana advocates addressed the council during public comment. They discussed the medicinal value of marijuana and told the council not to adopt the ordinance.

The council then debated the issue, and a majority supported some sort of regulation of delivery services. However, council members also said that they would like to see what impact potential new state regulations could have on city policy.

An initiative calling for the legalization of recreational marijuana use may appear on the 2016 ballot in California.

Ultimately, the council did not vote on the final approval of the ordinance, choosing instead to table the issue. Both the San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles city councils made similar decisions last year after listening to public opposition to mobile dispensary bans.

Pismo Beach already has a ban on fixed-location dispensaries, but mobile marijuana services make deliveries in the city. City officials said Tuesday that delivery services must apply for business licenses in order to operate in Pismo Beach.

Due to the council’s decision to table mobile dispensary ban, city staff must evaluate business license applications submitted by marijuana delivery services.

Councilman Erik Howell did not attend Tuesday’s meeting. Councilwoman Sheila Blake expressed the strongest opposition to the proposed ban, saying delivery services have already been operating in the city without problems.



  1. UncleCharlie says:

    Tossing productive citizens in prison for weed has always been a profound absurdity, yet it’s taken almost 50 years for common sense to overtake the entrenched institutions who profited from our societal destruction.

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  2. Rambunctious says:

    Alright which one of you hooked them up with some Kush? lol

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    • indigo1955 says:

      I was thinking the same thing!

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    • Stunned says:

      “The meeting began a little later than normal as council members enjoyed some brownies donated by local mobile vendors”.

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  3. cpmom says:

    We might as well give all of our young people poison. I can’t tell you how many students at CalPoly have suffered because of the ease of ordering marijuana from these delivery services like pizza.

    Medical marijuana includes weed, edibles and hash oil. Weed is 15% THC, edibles vary upwards, and Dabs hash oil is 90% THC. THC alters the psychological condition of the mind. Canniboids the other main ingredient have some medicinal value. However there is little demand for low THC marijuana.

    They obtain fake medical marijuana prescriptions from either the streets or unethical sources like call in MDs or the family doctor in SLO who was caught literally handing out prescriptions.

    Imagine a small child finding an edible treat which is a cookie, brownie or cotton candy or an innocent dog and how this could harm them?

    Too bad the Pismo council is so uninformed. Really? How many patients with “serious health conditions” could live in a tiny town like Pismo?

    And as far as our college students are concerned, 2016 recreational use is already available with the fake cards and instant delivery services. Up to 70% of CP students self reported using drugs in the Mustang newspaper.

    I’m afraid I sent my student to college to get a “high education” rather than a “higher education”. I’m not alone there are other parents who have experienced their students dropping out bc of marijuana.

    Marijuana is not the same as it was in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The THC was less than 1%.

    SLO County wake up and smell the smoke……

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    • demiseofslo says:

      I grew up in SLO, partied around Cal Poly in high school. I smoked pot maybe a half dozen times in high school. I attended college and began smoking pot everyday. At no point did I ever loose interest in school or become mentally unstable. I have a great job now and continue to use marijuana for its medicinal attributes. There are far more worse things than pot. Even if its “high grade stuff”. Quit bitching about pot, its 2015, get over it. Why don’t you go stand outside Campus Bottle Shop with a sign condemning them for fueling the alcohol found on campus. I bet you wont because your a coward hiding behind a computer screen, get back to work!

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      • indigo1955 says:

        I was warned marijuana affected executive function and would impair my studies to the point of losing all motivation to learn. I not only graduated summa cum laude, but I went on to create my own psychology practice. I also never lost interest in my career. Alcohol is quite different-and alcohol poisoning is lethal. Marijuana is not harmful. The post above about children thinking pot-laced sweets are edible: they can think pills are candy too. And vitamins. Face it–we will sooner or later go legal!

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    • Stunned says:

      cpmom-What do you mean by this: “I can’t tell you how many students at Cal Poly have suffered because of the ease of ordering marijuana from these delivery services like pizza.”

      Why can’t you tell us? Anyhow, are you saying kids call up for the delivery of pot on campus?

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    • standup says:

      marijuana = poison? Put down your martini and quit popping your prescription pills mommy. I seriously doubt your child is the angel you think he/she is. You would rather they smoke a little reefer than be out taking your prescription pills they stole out of your cupboard along with the booze from your kitchen if you were half smart.

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    • OnTheOtherHand says:

      cpmom Yes, pot is stronger now than it was decades ago but brandy and rum and significantly stronger than wine and beer. It just means that one indulges on less to achieve the same effect. A person who is easily addicted can and will misuse any substance or activity to which they have become addicted.

      Beyond that, different people react differently to drugs of all kinds (legal and illegal). I would agree that smoking pot does affect the attitude of many of those who indulge in terms of decreased motivation. The degree to which it affects people varies greatly though and is commonly exaggerated (along with many other “health risks” attributed to smoking pot) by those who oppose legalization. They tend to also deny the medical benefits for those who actually do need them.

      But the big deal is that treating drug use of any type with legal penalties is counterproductive. Rarely do people who use drugs “clean up” as a result of imprisonment and the only ones who benefit are those who make their living in the legal system. Arresting/convicting/guarding some pot head is a lot less risky and easier than going after violent criminals or politicians and those connected to them.

      I agree that marijuana use should be regulated like alcohol and tobacco and taxed to fund both enforcement against under-age use and rehab services for those who need it. But to penalize everyone who doesn’t abuse it — especially those with a legitimate medical need — is absurd.

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      • OnTheOtherHand says:

        I should have specified crooked politicians although there are few at the federal or state level who aren’t at least somewhat corrupt.

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  4. SpeakTruth says:

    Constructive criticism: too many “ban”s in the title of this article. You’ve essentially got a double-negative which gives the title of this article the exact opposite meaning of what you intended. They didn’t reverse the ban on a “pot delivery ban”, they reversed the ban on “pot delivery”.

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  5. Bertrand says:


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