LOMPOC, Calif. - The Lompoc City Council voted on Nov. 7 to pass an ordinance addressing commercial cannabis sales, cultivation, dispensing, testing, and manufacturing in the city.
The council voted 3-1 in favor of the ordinance. Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl opposed it.
Anyone engaging in commercial cannabis activity must still pay all required taxes and fees, obtain a commercial cannabis use license from the city, be subjected to a final inspection of the premises by city officials, and install surveillance equipment, among other things, according to the ordinance.
City leaders say there is no limit on the number of people allowed to apply to open up a cannabis dispensary.
Dispensaries can’t open up within 600-feet of daycare centers, youth centers or schools. Officials say it's unlikely the city will experience an influx of dispensaries.
The ordinance also restricts individuals using cannabis for recreational use from smoking in the common area of any duplex, triplex or other multi-family residential complexes not open to the public, and at any public park where tobacco smoking is allowed.
To read the full ordinance, click here.
Lompoc Police Chief Walsh says he wants to make sure there is a safe and secure environment for businesses.
"When there is cash and when there is a product worth a lot of money people will want to steal it,” he said. "I obviously was opposed to it [ordinance], asking a police chief their thought about marijuana is like asking a fire chief what they think about fireworks."
City leaders, local law enforcement, and fire agencies must now come together to present the city council with a resolution establishing cannabis activity regulations and a fee schedule for processing, reviewing, and auditing that activity.
That resolution is expected to be brought to the council's Dec. 5 meeting.