On Nov. 21, 2017, California’s Santa Barbara City Council approved an ordinance to amend the city municipal code to allow five recreational cannabis shops within city limits, as well as approving cannabis ordinances to ease requirements for onsite security officers, permit an unlimited number of wholesale cannabis operations and allow residents to cultivate one cannabis plant outdoors and five indoors, as reported by the Santa Barbara Independent.
“I think this is a good start but we have to be really careful about not strangling this industry at the beginning,” Councilmember Gregg Hart said. “This is a rapidly expanding business.”
Councilman Randy Rowse was the only councilmember to vote no on all of the cannabis ordinances.
The approved ordinance for recreational cannabis shops is still in draft form, but the city plans to streamline the application process once the ordinance has been finalized and adopted. There will be an application deadline of March 30, 2018, for all cannabis business types.
According to KEYT, the Santa Barbara City Council will hold final readings and adoptions of the cannabis ordinances at its next meeting on Dec. 5.