Study ranks SLO County13 for pot friendliness

April 10, 2018

San Luis Obispo County is ranked 13 out of 58 counties for pot friendliness, according to a study by the Southern California News Group. SLO County received a score of 20.9. [Cal Coast Times]

A review of all marijuana ordinances in cities and counties statewide shows fewer than one in three California cities allow any kind of pot business to operate, just 144 out of 482 cities. [OC Register]

The study scored cities and counties on pot-friendliness on a 0-100 scale, with 0 being least permissive of marijuana activity and 100 being most permissive. More than 60 cities in the state received scores of 0, meaning they have banned ban all marijuana businesses, prohibited residents from growing pot for personal use outdoors and required them to get a permit to grow inside their homes.

Among California’s 58 counties, just 18 allow pot businesses to operate within their unincorporated areas. Meanwhile, fewer than one in five cities in the state permit medical marijuana dispensaries, and fewer than one in seven allow recreational pot stores.

In SLO County, Grover Beach was ranked the most pot friendly with a score of 35, followed by Morro Bay at 26.4 and Atascadero at 3.6. San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande and Pismo Beach each received scores of 0.5. Paso Robles was the only city in San Luis Obispo County rated 0.

California currently has 61 cities and nine counties with ordinances on the books allowing recreational pot stores. But, as of April 6, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control has only licensed recreational marijuana stores in 34 cities and five unincorporated county areas.

In two counties — Madera and Sutter — every city received a score of 0. By contrast, just 19 percent of Los Angeles County cities received scores of 0.

The highest score issued thus far is 96.8. Jurisdictions with scores of 96.8 allow every type of marijuana business licensed by the state — medical and recreational pot sales, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing. They also allow residents to grow marijuana at home both indoors and outdoors.

Riverside County leads all counties in California with six 96.8-point cities. A few other counties, including Los Angeles and Sonoma, have two 96.8-point cities.

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“Reefer Madness” is the gold standard of marijuana studies.

Now that one of the largest cannabis growers in the country, Acreage Holdings, has a staunch conservative on its advisory board, one that just nine years ago was “unalterably opposed” to legalization of the dreaded weed. A move that Vahan Ajamian, analyst at Beacon Securities Ltd said , “It is difficult to overstate the impact of this monumental event for the U.S. cannabis sector,” and further stated that it “should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole.”

Welcome aboard the enlightened crew, John Boehner! Now pass the bong please, then lets see what you can do to get the “Happiest Place on Earth” to progress into the proper mindset to correctly convey that moniker to the rest of the state…

We should rank #1. The jurisdictions that prohibit pot sales show no respect for the majority of voters who approved recreational marijuana sales. It is time for a new ballot measure to remove local control over marijuana businesses.

Hot damn that sure is something to be proud of SLO!! Between the dope heads and that fine mayor your one hell of a example of what not to follow.

Lucky 13? There still room for improvement. Getting to #1 should be great for tourism and maybe justification in raising the tuition at Cal Poly as the waiting line will certainly get back logged even more.

A prestigious ranking, indeed! Doritos and Pizza sales ranking likely to increase as well.