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Morro Bay adopts ordinance allowing two medical marijuana dispensaries

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Morro Bay councilmembers decided unanimously Tuesday night to approve a marijuana ordinance that will allow up to two medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.

The city will be accepting applications from prospective operators by July.

Medicinal deliveries will also be permitted inside city limits but recreational is off the table altogether.

That decision left some residents wondering why the city is skipping out on potential tax revenue.

"We're actively looking for revenue streams. It seems there’s a bright one right in front of us and it seems that it would be prudent to acknowledge that," said resident Jesse Barron.

"Anybody who wants marijuana is going to get it in Grover Beach  -- and they're going to get the tax money," said resident David Nelson.

Councilmembers say that door could open once a cannabis tax is proposed.

"We have to first say we're going to tax recreational marijuana before we can collect a tax. The voters have to approve it, and we don’t have that yet," said councilmember Marlys McPherson.

Among the crowd was a Morro Bay High School junior who asked officials to be vigilant about their choices.

"Because no matter what, minors will experience negative effects from this law due to more accessibility, availability, and advertisement of marijuana," Kinley Flaherty said.

Under the ordinance, smoking marijuana is illegal in any public space. As long as it doesn't interfere with public space, residents can grow two plants outdoors and up to six plants indoors.

The ordinance will take effect in 30 days, and it's considered a '"living document," so it's subject to change over time.

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