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Arroyo Grande City Council approves marijuana ordinance amendment

Posted at 10:19 PM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-15 01:19:17-04

The Arroyo Grande City Council voted to approve a rollback on an ordinance that limits marijuana delivery services.

Until now, the city required businesses to have a physical address to deliver but did not allow them to exist within the city. 

Tuesday, the council voted 3-1 to take that requirement away, allowing all state-permitted businesses to deliver, even if they do not have a physical address.

The only council member against the change was mayor Jim Hill, who said it could take potential tax revenue away from the city. Supporters said the change had to be made to be able to keep up with state regulations.

"Even if we didn’t repeal our ordinance and we still had it on the books it would still become unenforceable anyways so there is no option of keeping our existing ordinance with our local regulations as far as it would limit anyone from coming in," said Heather Whitman, City Attorney.

The rollback was approved in July. The city had to approve a second reading Tuesday night for it to pass.