On May 15, 2018, the City Council adopted an ordinance amending the City's Municipal Code which establishes regulations for commercial cannabis businesses and personal cultivation. The ordinance became effective on June 14, 2018. However, as provided for in the ordinance, no land use or operator permits shall be issued, and no commercial cannabis business operations shall be allowed in the City unless and until the voters of the City approve a cannabis revenue measure.
The specific locations of cannabis businesses within the City is still under review. Staff is proposing Overlay Areas that will be presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council for feedback from the public and advisory bodies with final review being made by the City Council. Access the proposed maps of the Overlay Areas here.
CANNABIS COMMERCIAL BUSINESS OPERATOR PERMITS
The City is not currently accepting Cannabis Commercial Business Operator Permit applications at this time. Please keep checking back to this website for updates.
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.
The San Luis Obispo Planning Commission will hold a Regular Meeting, WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall, 990 Palm Street.
The Planning Commission will review boundaries of seven proposed Cannabis Business Zones - generally located in the Mid-Higuera Plan Area, the Broad Street Corridor Plan Area, the Orcutt Road Area, the Airport Area, the Margarita Area, the Higuera Commerce Park Area, and the Sacramento Drive Area – where certain cannabis business activities would be allowed consistent with the City’s Zoning Regulations.(Project Address: Citywide; Case #: CODE-1058-2017, City of San Luis Obispo, applicant).
CANNABIS PANEL DISCUSSION
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.