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Lompoc ordinance will not limit number of marijuana shops

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Lompoc could become a place where many marijuana businesses would like to set up shop, judging by the city council's latest decision.

Councilmembers accepted an ordinance Tuesday night that both regulates and welcomes the cannabis industry - both medical and recreational.

The ordinance places no limit on how many pot businesses can set up shop within city limits. Same goes for the number of applications received by the city or permits granted by the city for pot-related operations.

The city manager called it a "free-market approach" and described what will be allowed:

"Basically every aspect of the chain of service, if you will, in the cannabis industry. That includes dispensaries, delivery, manufacture, growth operations and the like," said City Manager Patrick Wiemiller.

Dispensaries will be barred within a 600-foot radius of schools, commercial daycare centers, and youth centers.

Residents will be allowed to smoke marijuana in most public places with the exception of public parks and the common areas of multi-residential complexes.

No more than six plants will be allowed for home cultivation, the city says.

The city has yet to establish a "fee schedule" to recover the cost of providing services including auditing.

The application process for businesses could start as early as next month. Councilmembers are hoping to have the fee schedule in place by that time.

Voters will decide how much to tax the businesses, Wiemiller said. That could happen in the November 2018 election.

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