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Carlsbad Prohibits Commercial Selling, Growing of Marijuana



    Politically Speaking: Prop 64 and San Diego County

    In November, 57 percent of San Diegans countywide supported Proposition 64, a statewide ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana. (Published Sunday, March 5, 2017)

    City officials in Carlsbad voted 4-1 Tuesday to prohibit commercial marijuana activity including pot shops. 

    The proposed ordinance would have changed the language in the Carlsbad Municipal Code to ban commercial outdoor cannabis growing as well.

    The new city ordinance matches state law approved by voters in November that permits recreational use in private if you're 21 or older and the personal cultivation of six marijuana plants. 

    Under the new rules, violations are considered a misdemeanor criminal offense except where state law limits the penalty to an infraction.

    Unanswered Questions for Lawmakers on Pot

    [DGO] Unanswered Questions for Lawmakers on Pot

    California is moving forward with implementing regulations for recreational marijuana, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions for San Diego lawmakers.
    Starting January 2018, folks can legally sell, buy, possess and grow pot. But some of the details associated with regulating marijuana still need to be ironed out, and cities across the county are scrambling to set new rules.
    Some cities have already taken action to ban dispensaries and the cultivation, testing and distribution of marijuana. While others, like the city of San Diego, are still figuring things out. Next week, the City Council will try to finalize many of its regulations.
    In this week’s San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Scott Lewis and NBC7’s Monica Dean discuss the outstanding questions cities across the region decide whether to allow marijuana operations.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017)

    The proposed ordinance will be put into effect in 30 days.

    Under Prop 64, recreational marijuana use will be legal in the state of California in January.

    Local jurisdictions may add requirements for doing business in their individual cities through the permitting process. This can include additional tax to the taxes required by the state.

    State laws created regulations and licensing requirements for cannabis growing, sales and use, but state laws give cities the authority to prohibit commercial cannabis activities, according to the City of Carlsbad.

    To preserve local control over this issue and prevent the state from issuing licenses for cannabis businesses to preserve, according to the City of Carlsbad.