SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County is nearing the finish line on regulating commercial marijuana cultivation in the unincorporated areas of the county.
If you're growing marijuana outdoors for commercial purposes in San Luis Obispo County and you have a permit to do so, you may have to get a new license to stay in business under a proposed ordinance now before the Board of Supervisors for final review.
The County Planning Commission is recommending limiting outdoor commercial marijuana cultivation in the unincorporated areas of the county to 50 licenses but allowing unlimited indoor growing operations countywide.
The proposal also bans marijuana cultivation in the Carrizo Planning Area, which includes California Valley where many outdoor growing operations are located in the county.
"I think that's a really good starting point", said Marie Roth with the San Luis Obispo County Cannabis Business Association, "I would hope that the Supervisors would agree with that recommendation and let's start there."
The CCBA has represented the local cannabis industry during the lengthy county regulatory process.
"So now we have an opportunity to say, okay, who wants to participate by license type, tell us what your business is going to be about", Roth said, "how many cultivators are we really going to have, how many outdoor cultivators are we really going to have and then how many other types of license types are going to be sought after as well."
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors will review the proposed commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance on October 3.