Santa Maria bans growing pot
December 2, 2015
The Santa Maria City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a ban on growing medical marijuana. The council also voted to continue permitting deliveries of medical cannabis within the city. [KSBY]
Santa Maria has an existing ban on medical marijuana dispensaries. But, the city allows mobile dispensaries based outside of Santa Maria to deliver to its residents.
In October, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a package of medical marijuana regulations that require cities to adopt ordinances by March 2016 or cede regulatory authority to the state. Cities throughout California are now rushing to adopt ordinances regulating medical marijuana sales, deliveries and cultivation.
State officials plan to start issuing licenses to medical marijuana suppliers and distributors in 2018.
In San Luis Obispo County, the Arroyo Grande City Council announced plans last month to ban growing medical marijuana.