Assembly Bill 64: Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act

The California voter approval of Assembly Bill 64 in November of 2016 approved what is known as the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) in which the state legislature allows for local discretion in the implementation of the legal distribution and consumption of Cannabis. As Downtown SLO is an organization of business owners in the City of San Luis Obispo with a board of directors of elected business owners, the Board of Directors has determined that it is necessary to present the following information to you as a member business or community member with the intention of educating our membership of the implications for our community following the approval of AUMA.

The Board of Directors wishes for members to make themselves informed of the possible affects of the AUMA decision and the potential for recreational marijuana dispensaries within the BIA boundaries and near your shops. The affects of this potential may have significant impacts to the economic and social status of this downtown and our Board of Directors is preparing to develop a position on the appropriateness of that potential. The position statement that is developed will be shared with the City of San Luis Obispo as they seek guidance from the community on the regulation of the cannabis industry and use in our city. Please review the below materials, attend the City Cannabis Workshop or the Downtown SLO Cannabis Workshop (BIA member exclusive) and provide feed back to our board of directors or Executive Director.

A workshop was held on November 7th, 2017 at 5:30 PM at the SLO County Library. The event was filmed, and below you will find 4 clips from the event:

Film 1: Introduction to cannabis in Downtown

Film 2: Xzandrea Fowler Deputy Director of Long Range Planning Presentation

Film 3: Jody Belsher presentation on health risks of cannabis in Downtown

Film 4: Captain Staley presents on enforcement of cannabis businesses in Downtowns

The following resources are intended to provide data driven and statistically or medically verified information or legal/regulatory language to help you better prepare for the coming discussions.

AUSA Language

City of SLO Resources

Presentation Slides

City Regulations

County of SLO Resources

Presentation 1: Study Session
Study Session

Presentation 2: Land Use Regulations
Land Use Regulations

Letter from Denver District Attorney to California Voters

Medical Study

Monitoring Health Concerns Related to Marijuana in Colorado: 2016

Marijuana and Driving
2016 Lifesavers Cannabis presentation

Economic Impact Article
The Cannabist Report


City Council Bans Single Use Straws, Cups Beginning March 1

Market vendors and attendees alike will be affected by a new San Luis Obispo City Council ordinance banning single use cups and bottles on all City property. This will, of course, affect how businesses serve their products during The Market. The term single use is an intentionally broad categorization which covers plastic, paper, and compostable products. The ordinance will be in effect beginning March 1, 2018 and will be honored and enforced during The Market.

Why the ban? The City is looking to further their Climate Action Goals and reduce waste and emissions. The ordinance is not in place to discourage business, but rather to encourage a movement toward reusable products and a more environmentally conscious community. Other markets around the country, notably Santa Cruz’s Waste Wise initiative, Santa Monica’s Zero Waste program, and Boulder Colorado’s zero-waste farmers markets, among others, have successfully segued to zero waste programs to minimize their market’s impact on the environment. Here are some more resources for you: