Commercial marijuana on City Council agenda

Seal Beach City Hall. File photo

Update: The City Council on Monday, Feb. 13, approved the introduction of the ordinances banning commercial marijuana. The issue will return to the council for a second reading.

Seal Beach officials will consider whether to ban marijuana at the Monday, Feb. 13 City Council meeting. The proposed changes would not effect local rules concerning the use of medical majijuana that the council enacted last year.

Technically, the council has scheduled two public hearings, each of which will examine proposed amendments to differnt parts of the Municipal Code to prohibit the sale, delivery and outdoor growing of recreational pot.

According to City Attorney Craig Steele, “Neither is currently addressed in the Municipal Code because neither was legal until Prop 64 passed. Now we need to go back and prohibit – if that is the pleasure of the City Council – in response to Prop. 64.”

Last November, voters approved the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, to allow adults 21 years old and older to use marijuna.

Like the state law, the proposed changes to Seal Beach law would allow individuals to grow up to six plants indoor for their own use.