SLO County votes for limited marijuana cultivation
December 15, 2015
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday in favor of creating an ordinance that would allow for limited medical marijuana cultivation in the county.
In order to maintain local control as the state increases its jurisdiction over legal pot grows, the board directed staff to use the framework from a Mendocino County law to draft an urgency ordinance. The Mendocino ordinance allows grows of 25 plants with multiple restrictions.
In January, SLO County supervisors will vote on the number of plants permitted per parcel and other growing restrictions.
Three bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed in September create a statewide licensing system for the cultivation, processing and transportation of marijuana. As a result, local government can either create laws to regulate or prohibit cultivation, or allow the state regulatory control at a March 2016 deadline.
Because of this, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach have adopted laws prohibiting medical marijuana grows.