Grover Beach to permit recreational pot shops

Not to be outdone by the city of San Luis Obispo, the Grover Beach City Council is set to add recreational pot shops to its existing marijuana regime.

Last fall, the Grover Beach City Council voted to award four medical marijuana dispensary licenses, and the pot shops are expected to open soon in the South County city. Read More …

San Luis Obispo considering allowing three pot shops

San Luis Obispo’s city staff is recommending that SLO allow up to three brick and mortar marijuana dispensaries under new pot regulations that are currently being drafted.

If the regulations are passed, the city of SLO could become the first jurisdiction in San Luis Obispo County to permit recreational marijuana dispensaries. Read More …

Lompoc moves closer to permitting pot businesses, while Santa Maria opts for ban

In Northern Santa Barbara County, the city of Lompoc is proceeding with its “free market approach” to marijuana, while Santa Maria is in the process of adopting much tougher regulations.

Last November, the Lompoc City Council approved an ordinance that City Manager Patrick Wiemiller described as a “free-market approach.” Read More …

U.S. Attorney General orders enforcement of federal marijuana law

In the same week that legal sales of marijuana for recreational use began in California, United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum ordering a “return to rule of law” and directing prosecutors to resume enforcing the federal government’s prohibition of pot.

The federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 generally prohibits the cultivation, distribution and possession of marijuana. Read More …