Pismo Beach proposes medical marijuana restrictions
December 12, 2015
In an effort to maintain local control as the state increases its jurisdiction of medical marijuana operations, Pismo Beach staff recommends that the City Council continue to allow medical marijuana delivery services, while considering banning cultivation inside the city limits.
In 2007, the Pismo Beach City Council voted in favor of an ordinance prohibiting storefront marijuana dispensaries. Earlier this year, the council voted to continue allowing medical marijuana delivery services.
“Therefore, persons seeking medical marijuana currently have an effective and discrete method of obtaining medical marijuana within the city and action taken by the council relating to this request will not affect that,” a city staff report says.
Three bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed in September create a statewide licensing system for the cultivation, processing and transportation of marijuana. Because of this, many communities including Arroyo Grande have adopted laws prohibiting medical marijuana grows, which invokes local regulatory control before a March 2016 deadline.
Local governments have two basic options related to local control over the cultivation and processing of marijuana, either prohibition or regulation.
Pismo Beach Chief of Police Jake Miller is recommending that the council direct staff to draft an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana cultivation in the city.
On Tuesday, if the councils votes in favor of banning marijuana grows, a first reading will be presented during a January council meeting, so that a final ordinance will be in place by the March 1, deadline established by the state.