Consideration of Cannabis Regulations
for the City of San Luis Obispo
The City of San Luis Obispo has published an overview of draft Cannabis Regulations that are currently being developed. The purpose of publishing this overview is to engage the public and City Council in important questions surrounding the implementation of Proposition 64 and how a regulated cannabis market may be regulated and permitted within the City of San Luis Obispo. The City Council will take up this issue during a study session on February 20, 2018.
City Council will hold a Study Session February 20 to discuss proposed Draft Cannabis Regulations. The purpose of this meeting is for City Council to take public testimony and provide direction to City Staff.
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CURRENT CITY POLICY
Adopted by the City Council in March 2017, Ordinance 1633 – Expressly prohibits all commercial and industrial, medical and recreational uses of cannabis within the City.
Council provided direction to Staff to:
- Monitor developments in other jurisdictions
- Monitor development at the Federal level
- Engage the community regarding various land use and taxation alternatives that may be appropriate
- Return to the City Council with a recommendation
The City is planning to adopt new cannabis regulations that will coincide with the Zoning Regulations update in late spring or early summer 2018. Staff has prepared a presentation that discusses in more detail the City's work on cannabis regulations to date.
- Zoning Regulations Public Workshop (June 2017)
- POSAFY Consultation (June 2017)
- Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Action Committee (September 2017)
- Downtown SLO Board, Issues Committee (September 2017)
- Open City Hall (October 13, 2017)
- Public Open House (October 23, 2017)
- Publication of Draft Regulations (January 11, 2018)
- City Council Policy Level Discussion (February 20, 2018)
DEVELOPMENT OF CALIFORNIA CANNABIS LAWS
1996: Proposition 215, Compassionate Use Act
2003: SB 420, Medical Marijuana Program
2015: Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act
2016: Proposition 64, Adult Use of Marijuana Act
2017: SB 94, Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) – combined Medical and Adult Recreational Use Regulations
STATE AGENCIES INVOLVED
- Bureau of Cannabis Control: http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/
- CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing: http://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/
- Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB): https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/Pages/MCSB.aspx
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
California Department of Public Health
The CDPH is committed to providing facts to make safe and informed choices. CDPH is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects bodies, minds and health by sharing science based information. (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/DO/letstalkcannabis/Pages/LetsTalkCannabis.aspx)
DUI doesn’t mean just booze. Just like drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is a crime – even if your impairment is due to prescribed medications, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana – medical or recreational. The legal and monetary consequences are the same – up to $10,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs, restricted licensing, days off work to go to court, a criminal record and more. Watch the California Office of Traffic Safety’s ad on Driving Under the Influence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaaz4LH3hfs&feature=youtu.be
Prevention of Substance Abuse For our Youth (POSAFY) Early childhood education on substance abuse is the key to safeguarding youth. (http://www.posafy.org/)
Will the no smoking ordinance apply to cannabis?Yes.
Can I deliver cannabis in the City?No. At this time the City does not license delivery services within the City.
Can I grow cannabis within the City?
Cannabis cultivation is not allowed within the City, with the exception of personal cultivation.
Per the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, qualified patients may cultivate up to 100 sq. ft. of aggregate vegetative area on single premises for personal medical use only. Primary caregivers may cultivate up to 500 sq. ft. of aggregate vegetative area on single premises for up to five qualified patients.
Per Adult Use of Marijuana Act, persons 21 years and older may cultivate up to six cannabis plants and possess the cannabis produced by the plants. No more than six plants are allowed per private residence regardless of number of adults.
Growing of cannabis must comply with the City’s Offensive Odor Ordinance (Municipal Code Chapter 8.22).
Can I sell cannabis or cannabis products within the City?Currently the City does not allow the sale or manufacturing of medical or recreational uses of cannabis within the City.