Consideration of Cannabis Regulations
for the City of San Luis Obispo
CITY COUNCIL STUDY SESSION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018
The City Council will be holding a study session on the City's Cannabis Regulations at the February 20, 2018 City Council Hearing Session at 6:00 p.m. The staff report is available to review which outlines various topics to be discussed during the study session and provides numerous attachments such the results of a community survey, information on the State of California's permitting process and agencies involved, and maps of residential, school, and combined residential/school buffers within the City.
OVERVIEW OF DRAFT CANNABIS REGULATIONS
The City of San Luis Obispo has published an overview of draft Cannabis Regulations that are currently being developed. The purpose of publishing this overview is to engage the public and City Council in important questions surrounding the implementation of Proposition 64 and how a regulated cannabis market may be regulated and permitted within the City of San Luis Obispo. The City Council will take up this issue during a study session on February 20, 2018.
City Council will hold a Study Session February 20 to discuss proposed Draft Cannabis Regulations. The purpose of this meeting is for City Council to take public testimony and provide direction to City Staff.
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CURRENT CITY POLICY
Adopted by the City Council in March 2017, Ordinance 1633 – Expressly prohibits all commercial and industrial, medical and recreational uses of cannabis within the City.
Council provided direction to Staff to:
- Monitor developments in other jurisdictions
- Monitor development at the Federal level
- Engage the community regarding various land use and taxation alternatives that may be appropriate
- Return to the City Council with a recommendation
The City is planning to adopt new cannabis regulations that will coincide with the Zoning Regulations update in late spring or early summer 2018. Staff has prepared a presentation that discusses in more detail the City's work on cannabis regulations to date.
- Zoning Regulations Public Workshop (June 2017)
- POSAFY Consultation (June 2017)
- Chamber of Commerce, Legislative Action Committee (September 2017)
- Downtown SLO Board, Issues Committee (September 2017)
- Open City Hall (October 13, 2017)
- Public Open House (October 23, 2017)
- Publication of Draft Regulations (January 11, 2018)
- City Council Policy Level Discussion (February 20, 2018)
DEVELOPMENT OF CALIFORNIA CANNABIS LAWS
1996: Proposition 215, Compassionate Use Act
2003: SB 420, Medical Marijuana Program
2015: Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act
2016: Proposition 64, Adult Use of Marijuana Act
2017: SB 94, Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA) – combined Medical and Adult Recreational Use Regulations
STATE AGENCIES INVOLVED
- Bureau of Cannabis Control: http://www.bmcr.ca.gov/
- CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing: http://calcannabis.cdfa.ca.gov/
- Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch (MCSB): https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DFDCS/Pages/MCSB.aspx
PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION
California Department of Public Health
The CDPH is committed to providing facts to make safe and informed choices. CDPH is working to increase awareness about cannabis and how it affects bodies, minds and health by sharing science based information. (https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/DO/letstalkcannabis/Pages/LetsTalkCannabis.aspx)
DUI doesn’t mean just booze. Just like drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is a crime – even if your impairment is due to prescribed medications, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana – medical or recreational. The legal and monetary consequences are the same – up to $10,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs, restricted licensing, days off work to go to court, a criminal record and more. Watch the California Office of Traffic Safety’s ad on Driving Under the Influence: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jaaz4LH3hfs&feature=youtu.be
Prevention of Substance Abuse For our Youth (POSAFY) Early childhood education on substance abuse is the key to safeguarding youth. (http://www.posafy.org/)
What are the exemptions?Take-out food orders are exempt from this ordinance.
What is covered in the Land Use Element?The Land Use element designates the general location and intensity of housing, businesses, industry, open space, education, public buildings and grounds, waste disposal facilities, and other land uses. It helps guide future development and preserve environmental resources.
What is covered in the Circulation Element?The Circulation Element includes goals and policies relating to how people, products and visitors move around San Luis Obispo. This includes cars, bicycles, pedestrians, air transportation, as well as public transportation such as buses and shuttles.
What is a General Plan?A General Plan can be described as the "blueprint" for the City's Future. It represents the community's vision as goals and policies to direct decision-making. California state law requires that each city adopt a general plan addressing seven mandatory components or "elements": Land Use, Circulation, Housing, Conservation, Open Space, Noise and Safety. The City of San Luis Obispo also has a Water and Wastewater Element.