Larkspur Moves Forward With Marijuana Ban

The Larkspur City Council moved forward with a permanent ban on marijuana businesses Thursday. The item passed unanimously, the Marin Independent Journal (Marin IJ) reports. A second reading is scheduled for Oct. 2.

A temporary ban on commercial pot is set to expire next month. That lit a fire under council members who felt they needed to act quickly.

“Everyone keeps coming in here with statistics saying that 70% of the people have passed in favor of Prop. 64,” said Councilman Larry Chu. “The vast majority of the people, including myself, wanted to decriminalize the use of marijuana. But when you asked the same person, ‘Do you want it sold in your community?,’ the vast majority of people said no.”

Chu’s sentiments are all too common in California where around two-thirds of cities already prohibit commercial cannabis.

The new rules would ban outdoor cultivation even for personal use (consumers are still permitted to grow up to six plants indoors) as well as sales, testing, manufacturing, and large-scale growing of any kind. Marijuana delivery services cannot establish headquarters in the city but can still deliver there per state regulations.

“Delivery services must obtain permits from City Hall to sell in Larkspur under the city’s regulations, but City Manager Dan Schwarz said Larkspur doesn’t have ‘a real way of enforcing that,’” Marin IJ reports.

One of the people who urged the Council to hold off on a marijuana ordinance was Scot Candell. He was appointed to the dais last month but won’t be sworn in until November. The attorney, who has represented cannabis businesses, said the rush was unnecessary.


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