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Morro Bay pot regulations in the works

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The City of Morro Bay is asking residents how they'd like to see marijuana regulated within city limits.

City managers held the first workshop Wednesday at the Veterans Memorial Hall and walked away with data from residents who voted on dispensaries, deliveries and cultivation.

"It's all about getting the community input," said Mayor Jamie Irons.

Morro Bay residents were speaking their minds through stickers Wednesday night.

"We have different information boards out there where they can select if they're in favor of medical marijuana, recreational marijuana, banning or regulating. They'll go through those sections and put their 'dots' in categories they feel comfortable with and our staff will note those down," Mayor Irons said.

"We're tight on land here in this area, so I don't think large-scale grows are going to be enticed to this area, especially with our water concerns," said Jesse Barron, who thinks the state should regulate personal cultivation but hopes the city will allow for dispensaries.

"I think we're in a unique spot to generate some very good tax revenue, get some economic stimulus to our area, so I'm all for it," Barron said.

By the end of the night, stickers on the board showed most attendees want dispensaries but would prefer they stay medical.

Deliveries also got a passing score. Most want marijuana taxed and concentrated in the city's central business district.

More people were on board for indoor cultivation rather than outdoor but want regulations in place. 

Not everyone wants marijuana as part of their city's economy or lifestyle.

"I don't want none of it," said Susan Ness, a Morro Bay resident. "I don't believe you should have marijuana dispensaries in a state where its federally illegal."

This is just the first step in what could be a long journey for the city. Another workshop is in the works in order to get another consensus from the community. 

The city hopes to have regulations in place by the end of the year.

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