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Cannabis Ordinance Amendments Available for Public Review

Author: Department of Planning and Building
Date: 6/4/2020 4:00:15 PM

On March 26, 2019, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors directed Planning and Building staff to prepare amendments to the current cannabis ordinance, which are being considered as “Phase III.”

The proposed amendments to the current Cannabis Ordinance include:

  • More enforcement actions for illegal cannabis activities, including options and situations related to a three-strike policy.
  • An increase in buffer distance from schools and other sensitive receptors.
  • Disallowing the payment of water offset fees over the Paso Robles Groundwater Basin.
  • Prohibiting re-permitting if an operation ceases or violation occurs (no “revolving door”).
  • Requiring enclosed ventilation systems on indoor grows.
  • Revising standards for ancillary nurseries to be encompassed in the overall cannabis cultivation area.

The Board also directed staff to further explore the following items.  A discussion of these items will be included in the staff report and are not included in the draft ordinance amendments.

  • Options to consider for the elimination of outdoor grows.
  • Explore allowing drying in hoop houses.



June 25, 2020 – Review by Planning Commission

August 18, 2020 – Review by Board of Supervisors