Leff Street residents raised a stink at the Oct. 1 San Luis Obispo City Council meeting over a neighbor—presumably a medical marijuana patient—who is allegedly harvesting a number of plants in the backyard of his rented home.
Citing concerns over the usual gamut of safety issues, proximity to children, and, of course, the smell, three residents pleaded with the council to consider a currently non-existent ordinance prohibiting the cultivation of marijuana in residential areas.
“It’s such an obnoxious odor. There’s a reason they call it ‘skunk weed,’” Doug Rion told the council in front of a projection of a photo of the neighbor’s yard. “Unfortunately, this is not a scratch-and-sniff exhibit.”
“I’m just really tired of waking up to the smell of pot,” said resident Mike Shandroff. “I’m sorry if I smell like pot to you, but I have no control over it.”
The residents said they fear for their safety now that the neighbor allegedly sleeps in a tent in his back yard to protect his crop.
City Attorney Christine Dietrich said medical cultivation is protected under the Compassionate Use Act and regulated by an oblique set of guidelines from the Attorney General’s Office, and that the city doesn’t have the expressed authority to act against the neighbor if it’s determined he’s complying with state law.
Following interest from Mayor Jan Marx and Councilman John Ashbaugh, the council directed staff to agendize a study session on the subject at a future date.