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Council OKs ban on commercial cannabis cultivation, sales

The Guadalupe City Council unanimously approved Tuesday the second reading of its wide-ranging ban on cannabis cultivation and sales -- only carving out an exception for deliveries of medical marijuana from dispensaries in other cities.

The ordinance, which was first introduced during the council's March 13 meeting, will go into effect 30 days from April 10. The ordinance prohibits cannabis dispensaries, the commercial cultivation of cannabis and manufacturing cannabis products. Delivery of cannabis will be restricted to medical marijuana from dispensaries outside the city.

The ordinance does leave some exclusions on noncommercial cannabis in place to comply with California state law, City Attorney Philip Sinco said.

The cultivation of up to six plants is allowed, provided the plants are grown on private property in a secured and fully enclosed structure.

The ordinance also will not prohibit people 21 years old and above from possessing or transporting up to 28.5 grams of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrated cannabis products.

Santa Maria

Recreation and Parks Department sponsoring Park Selfie Contest

The City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department is inviting the community to celebrate Earth Month by participating in the Meet Me at the Park Selfie Contest throughout the month.

The winner will be chosen May 1 and will receive a basket filled with Recreation and Parks Department swag.

To enter the contest, take a selfie at a favorite local city park and share it on social media with the hashtag #CSMRPD. Participants can have multiple entries by sharing selfies at different local parks. To qualify for multiple entries, tag each park visited.

Meet Me at the Park is a national Earth Month campaign that is designed to help fund local park improvement projects across the country with the help of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company. The campaign encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space.

Santa Maria has 27 city parks, including more than 234 acres of grass, trees and playfields, and also maintains the 1,774-acre Los Flores Ranch Park located 8 miles south of the city.

For more information, call 925-0951, ext. 2260.

Santa Maria

Library displays works by local artists in Shephard Hall gallery

Santa Maria Public Library’s Shepard Hall gallery is showing art by local painters and photographers through May.

Several artists, including Minnie Anderson, Marilyn Benson and Susan Buchanan, have works on display.

In addition, a group photography series titled “Project Arte” includes work by local Latino students.

The series was originally created as part of a James Irvine Foundation grant to the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in 2016 to 2017.

The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St. 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.

For more information, email or call 925-0994, ext. 2832.

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