Guadalupe City Council OKs ban on commercial cannabis cultivation, sales

Guadalupe City Council OKs ban on commercial cannabis cultivation, sales

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The Guadalupe City Council unanimously approved 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 council's action follows its passage of an emergency ordinance banning commercial cannabis and related businesses in February. 

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.

Razi Syed covers Santa Maria City Government for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.  Follow him on Twitter @razisyed

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