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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