Medical Marijuana regulations move forward in Morro Bay

The Morro Bay City Council voted Monday to move ahead with drafting regulations that would allow medical marijuana to be sold in the city.

The council voted 4-1 to form a subcommittee, which would bring an ordinance back to the council in 60 to 90 days. City Attorney Rob Schultz has drafted a preliminary set of rules.

The regulations would allow one or two dispensaries to open in the city where people with prescriptions for medical marijuana from a doctor could get them filled. The council said they wanted to fill a need in the community where people with terminal or serious illnesses could get marijuana to relieve their symptoms.

They also said they want to move ahead cautiously. State law allows the use of medical marijuana but federal law does not.

The city had a medical marijuana dispensary operated by Charles Lynch, who was arrested and prosecuted in federal court. Mayor Janice Peters and Councilwoman Betty Winholtz said that dispensary operated discretely and did not bring a criminal element to the city.