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Santa Maria City Council gives final approval to cannabis ordinance

Santa Maria City Council gives final approval to cannabis ordinance

From the Complete Series - Green Rush in the 805?: Cannabis on the Central Coast - Looking at land use, money, science, law enforcement and education series

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.

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