Antelope Valley Press reports…..PALMDALE — The City Council effectively reaffirmed its existing ban on commercial marijuana businesses Tuesday night by accepting the report of its Ad Hoc Cannabis Committee recommending the ban continue, but put off a decision to bring a city ordinance in line with state regulations to allow 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, recommended continuing the ban.
The act, which was approved by voters as Proposition 64 in November 2016, went into effect Jan. 1, 2018. The law is intended to protect and expand upon medical marijuana access in the state, and legalize and control nonmedical adult cultivation, use and sales.
The law allows people to grow marijuana for their own use, but authorizes cities and counties to ban businesses selling or producing marijuana and related products and allows them to impose regulations on individuals growing 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 made its recommendation after four public meetings. The first three meetings were educational, with consultants from HdL Companies providing information on the cannabis industry, regulations and economic factors. 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 said they favored the ban, while two — Murren and Campanelli — favored pursuing a course of allowing and regulating at least some aspects of the industry, but with a stringent application process.