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Supervisors consider future of cannabis cultivation in SLO County

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Hundreds of cannabis cultivators in San Luis Obispo County face an uncertain future as the County Board of Supervisors considers a permanent marijuana ordinance.

Dozens of people signed up to speak at Tuesday's board meeting, from neighbors who are against cultivation sites to growers urging the county not to limit the number of marijuana grows.   

Supervisors are deliberating whether to adopt the following recommendations from the Planning Commission:

  1. Prohibit marijuana cultivation on the Carrizo Plain (includes California Valley)
  2. Limit the number of cultivation sites in the county to 50

Right now, there are 331 approved cultivation sites and most of them are in California Valley. This ordinance would force hundreds of cultivators to shut down their grows.

"This is unacceptable, supervisors. Think about what you would like, the smell coming to your windows? Don't kid yourselves, it's not the pot growers paying for this, it's the neighbors," said Christina Powers, urging supervisors to put a cap on the number of marijuana cultivation sites. 
Several marijuana cultivators spoke, urging county supervisors against placing a limit on the grows.  
"We could become a hub for craft cannabis tourism like the wine industry, but forcing cultivation indoors by limiting outdoor to 50 would not support and would proclude the economic benefit a cannabis tourism could bring," said Megan Souza, owner of Megan's Organic Market.   

If the ordinance is approved, all growers would need to apply for a new permit, and with only 50 spots open, it would be a highly competitive process.

The Board of Supervisors decided to continue the discussion to Oct. 17.

The county has a goal of establishing a permanent marijuana ordinance before the state allows its own cultivation permits in January under Prop. 64.

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