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The Guadalupe City Council will consider adopting an interim urgency ordinance banning cannabis-related activities during its Tuesday meeting, a move that mirrors Santa Maria's marijuana moratorium.

A four-page report issued by City Attorney Philip Sinco recommends council members immediately adopt an interim urgency ordinance prohibiting a gamut of cannabis-related activities (from production and cultivation to storage, labeling and delivery of derivative products) from occurring within city limits. The urgency ordinance would last 45 days, allowing the council to introduce and adopt a regular ordinance banning all commercial cannabis and cannabis-related activities.

"Since this law took effect, the city has received inquiries about permitted cannabis uses in the city," Sinco's report reads. "The city's current regulations concerning cannabis predate the passage of Proposition 64 and are in need of updating."

Guadalupe Municipal Code currently prohibits sale and cultivation (both personal and commercial) of medicinal cannabis within city limits. However, the city's Municipal Code does not ban commercial or recreational activities — an unforeseen loophole created by the passage and implementation of Proposition 64. 

"The Guadalupe Municipal Code is silent regarding manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing and labeling of cannabis, cannabis products and cannabis derivatives," the report reads. "Businesses that engage in these types of regulations might be able to be legally established if they can otherwise comply with the city's regulations."

Sinco cites a "current and immediate threat to the health, safety and welfare of city residents" as justification for the urgency ordinance. 

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"Prohibition of all activities — from cultivation to point of sale — is proper and necessary to avoid the risks of criminal activity, degradation of the natural environment, malodorous smells and indoor electrical fire hazards," the ordinance reads. "Several California cities have reported negative impacts of marijuana processing including ... trespassing, theft, violent and attempted robbery."

According to Sinco, inaction by the council could result in cannabis-related businesses popping up in the city. Additionally, the council can choose to tax and regulate a budding legal cannabis market within city limits.

The Guadalupe City Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the Guadalupe Council Chambers.

Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga


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Santa Maria Times reporter Mathew Burciaga covers education for Lee Central Coast Newspapers.