SLO City Council to review proposed cannabis regulations at Tuesday meeting

Posted at 12:02 PM, Apr 30, 2018

The San Luis Obispo City Council on Tuesday will consider a draft ordinance on cannabis sales and cultivation.

Highlights of the proposed ordinance:

  • Allows for access to medical and recreational marijuana in the city, with storefront and delivery options
  • Prohibits events and on-site consumption
  • Establishes a two-step process requiring prospective business operators to be certified and ranked prior to applying for a land use permit
  • Includes requirements for energy and water efficiency and limits the total amount of cultivation to ensure consistency with city climate action goals
  • Limits manufacturing uses to non-volatile processes only
  • Limits cultivation to indoors only and the total citywide amount of cultivation allowed to 70,000 square feet of total canopy coverage within indoor areas, cumulatively 
  • Provides for the creation of overlay zones where cannabis business activity may be permitted; cannabis retail stores would be required to be located at least 300 feet from residential zones and 1,000 feet from schools and parks
  • Requires retail storefronts to be located at least 1,000 feet apart

At Tuesday’s meeting, council members will provide feedback to city staff on the proposed ordinance so it can be brought back to council at a later date for further review and action.

City staff is recommending that the city council approve the proposed regulations only if San Luis Obispo voters approve a cannabis tax measure on the June ballot.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. at city council chambers, located at 990 Palm Street. To see the full agenda, click here.