US (CA): Santa Cruz County Sups pass moratorium on cannabis cultivation

On Tuesday, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors approved a temporary ordinance prohibiting new cannabis cultivation licenses within 500 feet of residential structures.

The moratorium stemmed from the supervisor’s Aug. 24 meeting, during which they discussed potential conflicts between residential parcels and commercial cannabis crops such as odor, noise, and security.

The issue will return on Nov. 9, when the supervisors will discuss a set of permanent rules.

Assistant County Administrative Officer Melodye Serino said that the moratorium as originally written would prohibit cannabis cultivation on more than half of the 1,462 possible cultivation sites countywide, leaving 689.


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