Atascadero to reverse its marijuana cultivation ban
February 16, 2016
The Atascadero City Council is planning on repealing the medical marijuana cultivation ban it adopted just last month. Atascadero is set to become the first city in San Luis Obispo County to reverse course on hurried marijuana regulations.
Faced with a new state law, cities and counties in California had until March to adopt ordinances relating to marijuana sales and cultivation or cede control of the matter to state officials. Several cities in the county, including Atascadero, adopted ordinances over the past couple months.
In early February, however, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill repealing the state deadline.
On Tuesday, the Atascadero council voted unanimously to repeal its cultivation ban. The council directed staff to draft a new ordinance allowing limited cultivation.
The new ordinance would allow medical marijuana patients to possess up to six mature plants and 12 immature plants. The proposal would also allow for a maximum of nine mature plants and15 immature plants per home.
Atascadero’s cultivation ban formally takes effect on Feb. 25. It will likely remain in place for about three months.
The repeal of the cultivation ban will go to the Atascadero Planning Commission on March 1. If approved by the planning commission and again by the council, the new ordinance could take effect in May.
Atascadero additionally has bans in place on brick and mortar dispensaries and on medical marijuana delivery services. The city does not plan to change those policies.