What 'Phase 3' is and how it will affect SLO County

The cultivation of cannabis is not the same as traditional agriculture - cannabis cultivation is in direct conflict with traditional agriculture/small family farm businesses and our residential and agricultural neighborhoods' way of life here in San Luis Obispo County. Cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, require a specific set of common sense ordinance restrictions to protect existing agriculture and small farm businesses as well as the neighboring agriculture homes and families.


The SLO County Board of Supervisors will finally consider substantive changes to the cannabis ordinance on Tuesday, August 18th.


Recently, the Planning Commission considered recommended changes to the cannabis ordinances suggested by Planning Department Staff  https://agenda.slocounty.ca.gov/iip/sanluisobispo/file/getfile/123068

but the Planning Commission effectively referred them to the Board of Supervisors. The Planning Department's proposed changes still FAIL to address all of the following:


  1. Inclusion of residential dwellings in the “sensitive receptor” definition for cannabis grow restrictions and setbacks. 

  2. Addressing of “pesticide drift” and cannabis terpenes that are in direct conflict with traditional agriculture and small farm businesses. 

  3. Keeping the cultivation of cannabis indoors and limited to sealed greenhouses that do not vent to the atmosphere. 

  4. Elimination of industrial chemical manufacturing/extraction processes (including ethanol and liquid carbon dioxide) on Agriculture Zoned lands. 

  5. Requiring compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

  6. Establishing strict and specific density limitations for the number of cannabis project cultivations sites that may be near each other in a local residential agriculture neighborhood. 

What you can do

  • Write to the Board of Supervisors along with the Planning Department. See the sample letter written from a Creston resident (here is a version in MS Word, if needed). Then send to this list of contacts.  


  • Virtually attend the August 18th Supervisors meeting (see agenda and dial-in instructions here)

  • Please sign the petition if you haven't already. Have your say and work for real change before it's too late. Many pot farms in SLO County have already been granted 5 year permits to grow or process cannabis and hurt their communities in the the meantime. Some proposed projects are even next to schools and churches.

One final note: The Planning Dept. and cannabis industry are pushing to have all 'pipelined' projects (those for which some initial application material has been submitted) grandfathered in under the old rules. This MUST NOT happen! The many applicant growers have known of the Phase 3 requirements for a year and a half and could have prepared, accordingly. Do not allow the Planning Dept. to sell you out for the benefit of Big Cannabis. Call in on August 18th and tell them this.

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