Grover Beach plans ban on marijuana grows
December 23, 2015
The Grover Beach City Council is calling for a ban on growing medical marijuana, which like other cities, it is attempting to adopt before a state-imposed March 1 deadline. Grover Beach officials are also considering adopting new regulations on medical pot delivery services.
On Monday, the Grover Beach council directed staff to draft an ordinance that would ban medical marijuana cultivation within the city limits. While the ordinance would ban large grows, it may allow some cultivation of marijuana for personal medical use. [Tribune]
Unlike other councils and boards, the Grover Beach Council called for an ordinance that allows cultivation consistent with the 1996 California Compassionate Use Act. The state law permits patients and their primary caregivers to grow marijuana for personal medical use with a physician’s approval.
Many cities and counties are currently rushing to adopt ordinances regulating or banning medical marijuana cultivation and dispensaries. Cities and counties have until March 1 to adopt cultivation ordinances or they will cede regulatory control to the state. California legislators may extend the deadline, though.
Cities and counties have until Jan. 2018 to adopt regulations on dispensaries. Legislators could move up that deadline.
Grover Beach has an existing ban on brick and mortar dispensaries, according to a city staff report. City code does not impose restrictions on medical marijuana deliveries.
The council directed staff to return after March 1 with possible ways to regulate mobile dispensaries and marijuana deliveries within the city limits.
In San Luis Obispo County, the cities of Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach are currently adopting ordinances banning medical marijuana grows. Last week, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted a resolution stating the city’s zoning code prohibits marijuana cultivation, as well as marijuana businesses.
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted last week in favor of an ordinance that would limit marijuana cultivation in unincorporated areas of the county.