SLO Board of Supervisors punt the
County Cannabis Ordinance back to the Planning Commission for further detail.
Tuesday's meeting at the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors was positive in the way that county staff and the Board of Supervisors' education in the ways of cannabis is coming along nicely, but it's still back to the drawing board for the Planning Commission. Watch the archive here. (Its last on the agenda, maybe around the 2:00pm mark.)
Set backs and "limits" were the topic of most comments from the public. Let the market be the dictator of "limiting" the license types, to put it simply. Even Lynn Compton was in defense of "Her Nurseries" in Nipomo. And now that she knows what a delivery only dispensary is, things are looking up for that segment of the industry as well. (I have to tell you that there was talk of a company outfitting ice-cream trucks as mobile dispensaries, I kid you not. As wonderful of an idea as that sounds, it wasn't going to fly in SLO County. )
So, staff was sent back to get familiar with how the Governors Budget Trailer Bill will effect the whole process; come up with a defensible limit or cap on cultivation licenses if they can; take another look at how that 300 ft set back for outdoor and if that's a defensible distance; Define indoor, outdoor and mixed light; Map out out a process in which applications would be received and prioritized among other things due to present themselves along the way. The process continues.....
During this process, the Planning Commission is where you'd want to send your specifics to if you're wanting to hone in requirements for a specific license type. I would imagine there to be more workshops through the planning commission, I'll check on those dates and make sure their posted on the SLOCCBA.org calendar.
They'll be bringing the ordinance back to the board sometime in August. I think they'll be pretty close to the mark by then, we could be looking at meeting the urgency ordinance deadline of September 18th. There is still one more extension to the ordinance available if needed. There was also talk of extending it for the Coastal Zone while the Coastal Commission deliberates later this summer, if I remember correctly.
What about taxes you ask? July 25th is when the tax discussion will come in front of the board of sups. Since we have a majority of conservative supervisors we can anticipate the taxes being reasonable and in line with other Ag. John Peschong said on Tuesday that he's not interested in the county making any money off of this industry, just to recoup costs of what it takes to process and manage. It will be important to be involved in that process as the cities will be making their own decisions. There is one thing the tourist industry would like to see is consistent taxation, rules for retail and available consumption areas (If any) throughout the county unincorporated areas and cities. This will still require alot of continued input by alot of people representing several perspectives.
Eat your Wheaties folks, we still have alot of work to do!
That's it, in the smallest coconut shell I could find for today!