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Posted on: June 22, 2017

Marijuana Regulation Process

Marijuana Ordinance Current Status:  City staff is developing a draft ordinance based on direction from the August 8, 2017 City Council meeting. Staff plans to present the first draft of the ordinance to City Council on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 for direction and feedback.  Zones that are being discussed where dispensaries may be allowed in the City are: C1 - Central Business, C2 - General Business, and M-1 Light Industrial.  (See City of Morro Bay Zoning Map)

August 8, 2017 - Staff Report, Police Report, Slideshow, City Council Video:  Staff presented City Council with recommendations from the Marijuana Sub-committee to develop the future marijuana ordinance.  One of the highlights from the meeting was, Council discussed limiting the number of dispensaries to two medical businesses, with the possibility of allowing one of the dispensaries to be a recreational marijuana business.  Staff will draft the first revision of the marijuana ordinance and plans to present it to City Council on October 10, 2017.

June 14, 2017 - Staff Report, Community Input:  City Council reached out to the community through a public forum.  The workshop allowed the community to express their opinion on allowing, regulating or banning, certain aspects of Proposition 64 through stickers and comments to Council and staff.

April 11, 2017 - Staff Report, Slideshow:  Staff presented marijuana survey options and City Council moved not to conduct the survey, but to hold a public workshop on the topic.

March 1, 2017 - Staff Report, Slideshow:  The Assistant City Attorney presented a robust educational workshop on Proposition 64.  City Council provided direction to staff to create a survey for public input.  The Marijuana Sub-committee was formed and Councilmember Marlys McPherson and Robert 'Red' Davis were appointed.

January 24, 2017 - Staff Report, Slideshow :  Staff presented a summary of Proposition 64.  City Council agreed a study session was needed to gain a better understanding.  Council requested an educational session on the topic.

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