Although the sale of recreational marijuana is now legal in the state, Cupertino will continue to ban pot dispensaries within city borders.
But an ordinance approved by the City Council on Dec. 19 does permit indoor cultivation of up to six marijuana plants for personal use. And it allows marijuana and marijuana products to be delivered to Cupertino residents from elsewhere.
In response to voters’ passage of Proposition 64 in November 2016, the state this week began issuing licenses for non-medical cannabis sales. The measure immediately legalized recreational use of the drug but gave state agencies and local authorities a year to develop their own regulatory approaches.
According to staff, the new city ordinance is intended to limit marijuana activities as much as possible, in most cases by only allowing those expressly sanctioned by state requirements.
“Everything else is prohibited,” Assistant City Manager Aarti Shrivastava said at a Dec. 5 council meeting when the ordinance was introduced.
In supporting the ordinance, city staff pointed out that states with legalized recreational marijuana have seen a rise in DUI arrests, emergency room