Arroyo Grande plans to ban growing pot
November 27, 2015
The Arroyo Grande City Council plans to ban cultivation of medical marijuana. [Tribune]
On Tuesday, the council ordered staff to draft an ordinance banning residents from growing marijuana within city limits. Enforcement of the ordinance is expected to be complaint-driven.
Recent complaints about marijuana grows in rural parts of the city prompted officials to plan the cultivation ban. City officials only have a few months to adopt the ordinance due to new medical marijuana regulations that California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last month.
One of the regulations requires cities to adopt ordinances banning the cultivation of marijuana by next March or cede regulatory control of the issue to the state. The Arroyo Grande ordinance must go before the planning commission prior to coming to the city council for approval.