Pismo Beach reverses ban on pot delivery ban
March 4, 2015
Two 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.