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SLO city may get three recreational cannabis shops 

San Luis Obispo might become the first city in SLO County to allow a recreational marijuana dispensary. It might even have three.

That's the city's current plan, as planning staff continues to write the rules that will govern the emerging cannabis industry in SLO.

Community Development Director Michael Codron told New Times he expects the ordinance to allow for up to three dispensaries in the city. He said the first draft of the regulations would be made public before the end of the calendar year.

"Depending on direction from the City Council, adoption [of the ordinance] could occur as soon as May 2018," Codron wrote in an email.

The upcoming cannabis regulations will likely allow for indoor commercial cultivation and manufacturing for a combined total of 50,000 square feet citywide—but ban outdoor cultivation, according to the city.

Any potential cannabis vendor may have to go through an application process based on a point system that would consider the history of its business operations, criminal background, financial resources, and whether it's a local applicant.

Currently, all cannabis activities are banned in the city, per an existing ordinance that was reaffirmed by the City Council in March. SLO wants to time its adoption of a cannabis ordinance concurrently with a citywide zoning update in 2018. Δ

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