Antelope Valley Press reports…..PALMDALE — The City Council proficiently reaffirmed its current ban on industrial marijuana organizations Tuesday evening by accepting the report of its Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee recommending the ban continue, but place off a selection to bring a city ordinance in line with state regulations to enable marijuana deliveries into the city.

The committee, established by the City Council in July 2017 in response to the passage of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, advisable continuing the ban.

The act, which was ap­proved by voters as Prop­o­si­tion 64 in No­vem­ber 2016, went into impact Jan. 1, 2018. The law is intended to guard and expand upon med­ical marijuana access in the state, and legalize and manage nonmedical adult cultivation, use and sales.

The law enables men and women to develop marijuana for their personal use, but authorizes cities and counties to ban bus­i­nesses promoting or making mar­i­jua­na and associated items and enables them to impose regulations on indiv­iduals increasing mar­i­juana.

The committee consisted of Mayor Steve Hofbauer and Councilwoman Laura Bet­tencourt, plan­ning com­mis­sioners Bart Avery and Stacia Nemeth and com­mu­nity members Mat­thew Petri, Ken Hart, Jo­seph Parisio, Adam Mur­ren, Sam Campanelli and Diane Carlton.

The committee produced its recommendation right after 4 public meetings. The initial 3 meetings have been educational, with consultants from HdL Com­panies supplying in­for­mation on the cannabis in­dustry, regulations and econ­omic aspects. The fourth meeting involved dis­cus­sion and formulation of the recommendation to the Council.

The recommendation, how­ever, was not unan­im­ous. Six of the eight mem­bers present at the final meet­ing stated they favored the ban, although two — Mur­ren and Campanelli — fa­vored pursuing a course of enabling and regulating at least some elements of the business, but with a strin­gent application proc­ess.

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