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Grover Beach approves commercial cannabis ordinances

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The Grover Beach City Council made a few amendments Monday night but ultimately approved two ordinances related to marijuana businesses that will soon be coming to town.

The city council meeting saw the second reading of Ordinance 17-05 (land use ordinance) to allow the establishment of commercial medical cannabis uses with some modifications:

  • Maximum number of dispensaries was changed from four to two
  • 100-foot setback from all commercial cannabis from the CR2 zone fronting the CIC zone
  • All dispensaries may be open to the public between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
  • All dispensaries can maker and receive deliveries between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The city council voted in favor 3-1 with Mayor John Shoals voting 'no.' Councilwoman Debbie Peterson recused herself from the vote.

The council also took up Ordinance 17-06 (regulatory ordinance) establishing regulations for commercial medical cannabis uses. The city council voted in favor 4-0 with Councilwoman Peterson recusing herself. A Local Coastal Program amendment also passed unanimously.

"Given that there are no dispensaries in the city and that I think we can say there really aren't any brick and mortars throughout the county, I would say two is a good start and it's a fair start. It addresses the issue where folks were talking about concentrating this type of use in a certain location," said Mayor John Shoals.

The ordinances are set to go into effect in 30 days.

The city will likely be flooded with development applications related to commercial medical marijuana.

Monday night's approvals come after months of planning and public comment.

Last August, the council voted to put a cannabis tax measure on the November 2016 ballot. On November 8, 2016, voters statewide passed Proposition 64 to legalize adult use of marijuana and Grover Beach residents passed Measure L-16 to tax any commercial cannabis businesses within city limits. Commercial medical marijuana will be taxed at five percent on gross receipt; non-medical will be taxed at 10 percent. Cultivation and nurseries will be taxed at $25 per square foot on the first 5,000 square feet and $10 per square foot beyond 5.000. The money will go into the city's general fund.

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