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Marijuana Legalization Meeting
updated: Mar 14, 2017, 12:11 PM

Source: City of San Luis Obispo

The City Council will hold a special meeting at City Hall Tuesday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. to address how the City should respond to a state initiative that legalized recreational marijuana use.

Last November, California voters passed Proposition 64, allowing adults 21 and older to possess, buy and share marijuana without having to have a prescription for medical marijuana. While Prop 64 allows adults to smoke and grow some marijuana in their homes, the law also allows local communities to otherwise regulate or prohibit marijuana businesses and activities in their jurisdictions.

City staff has recommended that the City Council adopt an ordinance that reaffirms the City's current regulations, giving staff more time to engage with community members, explore different regulatory options, and monitor developments in other jurisdictions and at the federal level.

Currently, the City prohibits all commercial and industrial recreational and medical marijuana uses, activities and operations, and limits outdoor cultivation of medical and recreational marijuana within the City. In deciding how to approach its policy in the future, the Council will have to consider several questions, including if it wants to allow retail sales, commercial cultivation, or other related uses, if it wants to pursue a local tax on marijuana sales, and if it wants to pursue stricter environmental regulations than provided under state law.

In forming its conclusions, the City plans to gather input from the public, which will help inform the Council's decisions.

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