Current County Cannabis Regulations
The following information applies to the unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County. If you reside within the boundaries of a City, please contact that city for their regulations regarding cannabis.
On Sept. 20, 2016, the County of San Luis Obispo adopted an ordinance to establish a moratorium on the cultivation of cannabis (marijuana) in all unincorporated areas of the county, with certain exceptions. The Ordinance, approved by a four-fifths vote, includes four primary points:
- No New cultivation sites can be started, with the following exception: new patient (6 plants, 100 square-foot maximum) and primary caregiver (30 plants, 500 square-foot maximum) cultivation sites can be started, as an accessory use (i.e. cannot start on vacant parcels). All new cultivation sites must register with the County.
- All existing cultivators (as of August 23, 2016) may continue growing for the duration of the urgency ordinance, provided that they registered with Planning and Building, by November 18, 2016.
- The Urgency Ordinance does not create any vested right for cultivators. All registrations will expire when the Urgency Ordinance expires, or when a permanent ordinance is adopted, whichever is sooner. All cultivators will have to apply for, and be granted, a land use permit under the permanent ordinance in order to cultivate.
- The Urgency Ordinance is in place until September 19, 2017, and can be extended 1 additional year (for a total of 2 years from original adoption).
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