Proposition 64, the California Marijuana Legalization Initiative, was passed statewide by voters (57 percent) during the November election and received an overwhelming majority in Santa Barbara County. And, more importantly, does the Lompoc City Council know what its duty to the public is as its members try to craft a new city ordinance?This proposition does two things; it legalizes the use of pot and, theoretically, raises sin tax money for state and local governments.The city holds a Flower Festival every year, and the area is close to the Santa Rita Hills wine country.Lompoc has many fine restaurants, and you can find everything from burgers to pasta to steaks and seafood in the city. The menu features locally-caught fish as well as chowder, calamari, shrimp cocktail, scampi, ahi steak and halibut.
As a bonus, they thought that “reduced costs potentially in the tens of millions of dollars annually (net) to state and local governments primarily related to a decline in the number of marijuana offenders held in state prisons and county jails” would occur.Plants used for medical use are professionally grown; homegrown pot would be like home brew; some batches are good, some bad. For example, it is common knowledge that when marijuana is grown inside a building, grow lights may be necessary.So the city was requiring an electrical permit if permanent lighting was installed; this seems reasonable since permits are required for all electrical work.Family members, supporters and police officers filled Judge Rogelio Flores’ courtroom for the sentencing hearing.The mother of a victim noted Durham’s status in the community, including being a retired California Highway Patrol officer, church deacon and counselor to first responders.