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East County News Service

December 1,  2016 (El Cajon) –El Cajon’s City Council will hold a public hearing on Tuesday,  December 13 at 3 p.m. in Council Chambers (200 Civic Center Way) to consider extending an ordinance banning outdoor marijuana growing for the next year.

Following passage of Proposition 64, the statewide ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana including growing up to six plants per household,  El Cajon’s City Council on Nov. 15 passed an emergency ordinance banning outdoor growing of marijuana plants until Dec. 30 in all zones within the city.  The hearing on Dec. 31 would be on a proposal to extend that ban until  Nov.14, 2017.

The extension aims to allow time for a detailed study and public hearings, as well as consideration by the Planning Commission and Council of possible zoning ordinance amendments,  regulations and restrictions.

The ban does not impact indoor growing of marijuana subject to limits allowed under Prop 64,  though landlords do retain the right to restrict recreational marijuana growing and use if they choose, under the new state law.

A notice from the city of El Cajon advises that anyone wishing to challenge the city’s marijuana regulations or ordinances in court may be limited to raising only issues brought up at the public hearing or in written correspondence delivered to the City Clerk at or before the hearing.

Anyone with questions or need for accommodations for the disabled may contact the El Cajon City Clerk at (619)441-1763.