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Santa Maria

City Council gives final approval to cannabis ordinance

An ordinance banning almost all cannabis operations within Santa Maria city limits received final approval from the City Council on Tuesday and will become effective April 5.

The ordinance effectively bans commercial cultivation, manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing, labeling, storing and both wholesale and retail sales of cannabis and cannabis products.

Only uses specifically authorized by state law will be allowed, but even those are restricted by the new rules.

The ordinance allows the delivery of medical marijuana within the city but only from dispensaries located outside the city limits.

It also permits personal use of cannabis and cannabis products as well as cultivation of the state-allowed six plants for personal use. But it prohibits outdoor cultivation, restricting it to inside a residence or an enclosed accessory structure on the property and not visible to the public.

The council chose not to prohibit smoking cannabis outdoors; however, anyone smoking outdoors can’t be visible to the public, and the smoke and odor can’t be detectable on adjacent properties.

Santa Maria

Library to host computer workshop, Noontime Opera program

The Santa Maria Public Library will hold a free workshop on computer basics from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Learning Center on the first floor.

The workshop is intended for individuals with little or no computer experience.

Topics to be covered will include the basic components of a computer, primary types of software, how to use a keyboard or mouse touchpad, how to open a computer program and how to save a file.

Seating is limited and registration is required.

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To sign up, visit the library at 421 S. McClelland St. or call 925-0994, ext. 8562.

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday.

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The library's popular free Noontime Opera program will return from noon to 1 p.m. March 19 in Shepard Hall.

Singers from Opera Santa Barbara's Chrisman Studio Artists program will perform selected arias and duets.

Since seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis, signups are required. Visit the library or call the phone number above.

-- Staff reports