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Atascadero city council nears final ordinance decision on marijuana

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The Atascadero City Council is one step closer to finalizing a plan on legal marijuana within city limits.

Tuesday night's meeting at City Hall was intended to review final zoning code language and introduce a draft ordinance.

Below are a few rules outlined in the current draft ordinance:

  • Brick-and-mortar stores won't be allowed
  • Commercial cultivation of marijuana won't be allowed
  • Personal cultivation will be permitted with a limit of six plants
  • Growing marijuana inside must be done with property owner consent within 130 square feet in an area that is not the bedroom
  • Growing marijuana outside must be limited to 120 square feet, not visible by the public, and screened with fencing or landscaping

Licensed businesses from out of town would be permitted to deliver marijuana to Atascadero homes from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. No advertising will be permitted on delivery vehicles.

Testing labs would be allotted in certain non-residential zones. The testing facilities would be prohibited within 600 feet of schools, parks, and youth facilities.

The city can use its current enforcement tools to issue administrative citations on a daily basis. Citations would include the following:

  • $100 fine for the first violation
  • $200 fine for the second violation
  • $500 fine for all subsequent violations

Some residents who attended the meeting are still fighting for maximum regulation.

"We already have alcohol and drugs and all that here, but this is adding a whole other element here. This police chief and that fire chief, their men are going to be out picking up the carnage that's going to be happening because of this," said one resident.

Others think outsourcing delivery services is not the answer.

"You want to control it but you're giving away all your control here. You're saying marijuana can only come in from out of town," said another resident.

Council members still have some definitions in the ordinance they'd like to clear up before they head into the second and final reading of the ordinance. A date for that reading is not clear.

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