SLO city and county to address medical marijuana
December 14, 2015
Both the San Luis Obispo City Council and the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on possible new medical marijuana restrictions. Cities and counties throughout California are currently rushing to adopt ordinances before state regulations take effect that would otherwise force them to cede local control.
Last year, the city of SLO attempted to ban medical marijuana cultivation and deliveries. The council voted to table the issue, though, after medical marijuana proponents spoke out during public comment.
The city does not have a current ordinance prohibitting brick and mortar dispensaries, either. However, city officials have used the city’s zoning code to stop applicants from opening medical marijuana shops in San Luis Obispo.
City Attorney Christine Dietrick is now recommending the council adopt a resolution “reaffirming the city’s permissive zoning code prohibits marijuana businesses, operations and uses, including cultivation of medical marijuana in the city.”
Critics have previously said San Luis Obispo could face a legal challenge for adopting a de facto ban, rather than an ordinance outlawing medical marijuana shops.
Brick and mortar dispensaries are technically allowed in unincorporated areas of the county, but the SLO County Board of Supervisors has rejected all of the proposals it has received, including a recent plan to build one in Nipomo.
On Tuesday, the board of supervisors will discuss possible ordinances regarding cultivation.
Additionally, the Pismo Beach City Council will vote Tuesday on directing staff to an craft ordinance. Pismo Beach city staff recommends the council continue to allow medical marijuana delivery services while considering banning cultivation.
The Arroyo Grande council likewise plans to ban cultivation while continue allowing medical marijuana deliveries. The council has already directed Arroyo Grande staff to craft an ordinance.
Cities and counties currently have until March.