The Solvang City Council on Monday approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow personal use of recreational marijuana for those 21 and older within city limits as well as the use of medicinal marijuana, but would ban the sale of recreational marijuana.
Whether or not the sale of medicinal marijuana will be allowed has yet to be determined and will be discussed further by the council. Solvang already allows delivery of medical marijuana to qualified patients.
The city currently has an urgency ordinance in place that prohibits the manufacturing, processing, laboratory testing, labeling, storing and wholesale and retail distribution of cannabis. The ordinance is set to expire in August.
Several council members were in favor of having further discussions about medical marijuana, but agreed to approve the ordinance banning recreational sales.
“My stance on this at this point is I don’t feel that we are ready to approve a permanent ordinance yet because I think that it warrants much more discussion, much more public input particularly in the area of