Pico Rivera extends recreational marijuana ban again in wake of City Hall departures - The Cannifornian

Wednesday, Oct 10, 2018

Stymied by a short-staffed City Hall, the Pico Rivera City Council for a third time is “kicking the can” on tackling recreational marijuana and voted to extend a temporary ban on dispensaries.

The cultivation and sale of recreational marijuana will continue to be banned in Pico Rivera for another year after the unanimous vote Tuesday.

The council first passed a 45-day ban last November, about 1 1/2 months before pot shops around the state officially became legal. That ordinance gave the council the option of extending the moratorium for up to two years.

The idea at the time was that the ban would give city officials time to study health and economic effects of marijuana and craft a regulatory regime that best fits Pico Rivera. But that hasn’t happened yet, a frustration for Councilman Gregory Salcido.

“We can’t keep kicking the can on these serious issues,” he said.

There’s still a lot left to look at, acting City Manager Arlene Salazar wrote in a report.

“The city has not fully yet studied the full range of potential health, safety and welfare impacts of recreational marijuana on local residents, businesses, and the community, and the city has not yet made a final determination as to the locations, zoning districts or development standards that should be applied to nonmedical marijuana uses to preserve such interests, or whether a complete ban on such uses is necessary,” she wrote.