Pismo Beach planning urgency pot ban

November 14, 2016

No marijaunaOne week after California voters legalized marijuana, the city of Pismo Beach is considering an immediate ban on most business activity involving cannabis.

Proposition 64, which passed with 56 percent of the vote, legalized the recreational use of marijuana for individuals 21 years and older. California adults can now use and cultivate marijuana in their private homes.

The ballot initiative calls for a state licensing scheme, which is expected to take effect in late 2017. But, Prop. 64 allows cities and counties to regulate marijuana businesses and even adopt outright bans on the sale of cannabis.

Pismo Beach’s proposed ordinance, which will come before the city council on Tuesday, would prohibit outdoor cultivation, manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing, labeling, storing and the wholesale and retail distribution of marijuana. The draft ordinance cites negative impacts of marijuana processing and distribution, including offensive odors, illegal sales, trespassing, theft, violent robberies and fire hazards.

In a staff report, city officials say the ordinance is intended to buy time as Pismo Beach develops a comprehensive regulatory scheme for marijuana.

If passed, the urgency ordinance would take effect immediately and expire after 45 days. The city council could extend the ordinance so that it would last up to two years.

Pismo Beach currently has a ban on brick and mortar medical marijuana dispensaries, but it allows delivery services to operate within city limits. Earlier this year, the Pismo Beach council adopted a ban on the cultivation and processing of medical marijuana.

A four fifths vote is required for the urgency ordinance to pass.







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17 Comments

  1. demiseofslo says:

    How about the nasty odor I smell everytime i come into Pismo Beach through Price Canyon?

    Those oil fields smell like shit!!

    Where is the ordinance on that?

    (6) 8 Total Votes - 7 up - 1 down
  2. jdchem says:

    Agencies regulate controversial smells all the time. I don’t see what is wrong with putting limits and controls on this. No one asked me when my neighbor started to grow his smelly pot plants outdoors yet for 3 months out of the year I have to live with his odor coming through the fence into my swamp cooler. If he likes it so much, then he can move it indoors where it won’t bother me and I won’t bother him. I won’t ask him to move despite the fact I was there first – all I ask is for a simple compromise. I am great with compromise, but all you potheads want me to be the only one doing it.

    (1) 31 Total Votes - 16 up - 15 down
    • abigchocoholic says:

      f he likes it so much, then he can move it indoors where it won’t bother me and I won’t bother him.
      ————–
      I agree. Marijuana can be incredibly odorous. Nobody has the right to stink up their neighborhood.

      The quicker the state moves on legalization the quicker big agriculture can move in and make edibles and –voila, no more stink.

      It all boils down to the historical Government ban and now intense regulation of it, keeping big agriculture out of the business. But big agriculture is where it needs to end up to take the absurd profits and crime out of the plant.

      So the sooner we get this legalization show on the road the better. Move on over Wine and Beer and hard liquor and prescription drugs, there’s a new, cheaper, less dangerous high coming to your shelf space.

      (6) 20 Total Votes - 13 up - 7 down
    • jimmy_me says:

      I eagerly await smell ordinances. When this happens, I’ll start reporting the fact that in winter, it’s hard to sit outside my house because of all the fire places upwind. In summer, it also hard to sit outside because of all the BBQ’s upwind, many of these using chemical starters. I’d much rather smell the relatively mild and non-harmful natural smell of plants. But come to think of it, I like complaining, and those honeysuckle and jasmine plants sort of piss me off as well…

      (4) 18 Total Votes - 11 up - 7 down
      • abigchocoholic says:

        I’d much rather smell the relatively mild and non-harmful natural smell of plants. But come to think of it, I like complaining, and those honeysuckle and jasmine plants sort of piss me off as well…
        ——————-
        Good point. And there is the counter. Individual rights against community rights. For me, I can handle it while it’s in the ground, but that burning smell really turns my stomach. It’s just a nasty smell. Too bad the stuff doesn’t smell like burning cloves.

        And by the way, in many places—southern California comes to mind–they do ban BBQ pits and fireplaces (unless they are gas) becuase of exactly what you said. When on person has wood or coal burning–no problem. When 500,000 do it in an area—big problem.

        (-2) 4 Total Votes - 1 up - 3 down
    • SLO_Johnny says:

      Take it to small claims court. Get the judge to order them to control the odor which will require them to move it indoors or build a greenhouse.

      (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down
  3. Latte2Party says:

    +I can’t remember, was there more violence, robberies, etc. involving alcohol during or after Prohibition?

    (14) 14 Total Votes - 14 up - 0 down
    • paragon says:

      I don’t know, pops, I wasn’t around during prohibition, so I’ll let you answer that one.

      What I do know is almost every single one of the armed home invasion robberies in this county were targeting people either growing or selling pot, and this was the same or worse even after the medical marijuana proposition passed.

      (1) 15 Total Votes - 8 up - 7 down
      • abigchocoholic says:

        What I do know is almost every single one of the armed home invasion robberies in this county were targeting people either growing or selling pot, and this was the same or worse even after the medical marijuana proposition passed.
        —————
        So your point is that medical marijuana didn’t take the absurd profits out of the market? Coffee is selling for $8 a lb. What’s pot go for again? $260 an ounce?

        When’s the last time you read about a home invasion to steal someone’s stash of homemade beer? Never? Gee, I wonder why.

        Thefts and robberies are done for money. Take the money out of the equation and watch the crime disappear.

        (12) 14 Total Votes - 13 up - 1 down
        • paragon says:

          “take the money out of the equation and watch the crime disappear”… Really? So all of a sudden people will be giving pot away for free? Riiiight…

          The news story after this one is “Robbers hit Paso Robles liquor store”. That liquor store was only selling legal, taxed products yet it still got robbed. I guess that disproves your theory only sellers of illegal products get robbed!

          (-2) 4 Total Votes - 1 up - 3 down
          • abigchocoholic says:

            hat liquor store was only selling legal, taxed products yet it still got robbed. I guess that disproves your theory only sellers of illegal products get robbed!
            —————————
            Was that a home invasion robbery? (Hint. Read your own original post.) Banks get robbed, did you want to eliminate them? Gas stations gets robbed, eliminate them? A pizza place just got robbed, no more pizza? An ice cream parlor just got robbed, ban the ice cream?

            What was your point again?

            (6) 6 Total Votes - 6 up - 0 down
  4. abigchocoholic says:

    The draft ordinance cites negative impacts of marijuana processing and distribution, including offensive odors, illegal sales, trespassing, theft, violent robberies and fire hazards.
    ——————-
    Ooh, ahh, so scary. All that negative impact. Do you think that’s because people just like to fight over marijuana? Do they fight over corn meal? People like their cornbread. Do they fight over coffee? Hey, I have to have my coffee–every single day, multiple times. Or we’re going to have words! Should we ban sacks of garlic because of the offensive odors? Maybe declare Gilroy a no go zone?

    Or do you think it’s because of the outrageous prices and profits associated with marijuana because the supply is so restricted?

    Duh.

    (11) 17 Total Votes - 14 up - 3 down
    • tictac1 says:

      The old outrageous prices and profits line… never gets old. Try trimming up a pound and then tell me how cheap it should be. Bud is a “value added” commodity, look it up if you don’t know what that means. It’s nearly worthless while it’s on the plant. People with no knowledge of the business shouldn’t comment on it. As for outrageous profits, look at the financial industry, no one seems to think that’s out of line.

      People argue about weed for two simply reasons: generations of government propaganda and the average Americans need to control everything his neighbor does.

      Regulation will just be prohibition 2.0. The big money people will pass laws that squeeze out the mom and pop farmers, it’s already happening. Once there’s a decent monopoly, prices and taxes will go up, re-fueling the black market demand. Same as it ever was…

      (1) 3 Total Votes - 2 up - 1 down
      • abigchocoholic says:

        The old outrageous prices and profits line… never gets old.
        ——————-
        MJ never been legal so how could the argument be old if it’s never been tried? (Ok, at least not since the industrial age.)

        The point is that when the supply side becomes unrestricted, the price will drop dramatically–and I mean like from $260 an ounce to $10 an ounce.

        MJ is very comparable to tobacco. You don’t just pick tobacco off the plant and smoke it either. It has to be tended to, dried, crushed, etc. etc. The price of tobacco is under $2 a pound.

        Coffee beans have to be picked by hand, a very expensive, time-consuming undertaking and then roasted. Coffee retails for $8 a pound.

        Reality check for the people who think pot is so naturally expensive.

        (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  5. Pelican1 says:

    Reefer madness!

    (9) 17 Total Votes - 13 up - 4 down
  6. Rambunctious says:

    “In a staff report, city officials say the ordinance is intended to buy time as Pismo Beach develops a comprehensive regulatory scheme for marijuana”

    Okay so until then the people of Pismo will have to continue to purchase their weed under the table and tax free.

    (18) 18 Total Votes - 18 up - 0 down

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