Guadalupe's City Council voted to adopt a resolution of intent to ban both medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation with a future ordinance Tuesday, but will consider possible cultivation options at a later council meeting, ahead of making the ordinance official.

Cities throughout the state, including Guadalupe, are now looking to shore up their own local laws and regulations on the heels of a new state law — the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act — which established statewide regulations for the growing, distribution and sale of medical marijuana in California.

"Without those types of regulations in place, as of March 1, if someone goes to the state and says 'we wish to set up a marijuana cultivation operation within the city of Guadalupe,' and we don't have an ordinance in place, they could go ahead and do that just with a state license," City Attorney Dave Fleishman told the council. "That's why there's a proposed ordinance. You have the power to make certain decisions and put into affect certain control as this point."

In 2010, the City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting the establishment of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. Tuesday, it discussed the opportunity to extend that further by adding the prohibition of cultivation within city limits.

There were several speakers during public comment period. One worried that adding more regulations for the city would burden the police department beyond what it could handle, two voiced outright opposition of medical marijuana in any fashion within city limits.

Brandon Gesicki, president of Monterey-based Capitol Consulting, asked the council to at least consider cultivation as an option. He said he represented a client who hoped to bring a cultivation operation to Guadalupe, and hoped the council would consider the financial benefits medical marijuana cultivation could offer in terms of revenue for the city.

Director of Public Safety Gary Hoving voiced concern that a legal dispensary in the city could bring people into Guadalupe who sought to use the marijuana for recreational purposes, as opposed to medicinal, and strain the police force.

Three council members, Jerry Beatty, Virginia Ponce and Gina Rubalcaba, expressed a desire to further consider cultivation as an option for the city, while Mayor John Lizalde and Councilman Ariston Julian did not.

"There are too many unanswered questions," Lizalde said.

The topic is complicated to regulate locally, due to a federal ban on marijuana in place, and court challenges in different cities and counties in the state in response to the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (the law allows the use of medical marijuana if certain prerequisites are met). Because the topic remains untested in the local court of appeal, Guadalupe's council, acting also as planning commission, voted 5-0 in support of a resolution of intent to pass an ordinance that bans both cultivation and dispensaries but has a regulatory plan in place, should the local ordinance be challenged in court.

The ordinance will be returned to an upcoming council meeting for first and second readings and public input. The council will also receive a presentation to learn more about cultivation in the coming months.

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