Arroyo Grande considers ban on medical marijuana cultivation


The Arroyo Grande City Council moved forward on Tuesday with plans to ban the cultivation of medical marijuana in the city.

The council directed staff to draft a complaint-driven ordinance banning city residents from growing medical marijuana, in light of complaints about alleged marijuana grows in rural areas of the city.

The decision comes on the heels of Gov. Jerry Brown’s signing of the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act on Oct. 9, which established a regulatory structure for medical marijuana. Among other things, the bill states that cities without specific ordinances regulating or prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana by March 1, 2016, will lose their ability to regulate medical marijuana in the city, and the state will become the sole licensing and regulatory authority.

Once drafted, the ordinance will go before the Planning Commission for a recommendation, and the City Council for final approval. A timeline has not been set for when this will occur.