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By Eric Heinz
City Council voted during its Tuesday meeting to require people who want to cultivate marijuana indoors in their home to obtain a permit from the city to do so—that is, if Prop 64 passes on the November ballot.
Prop 64 intends to make recreational marijuana legal in California, but the city has already taken measures to ban marijuana dispensaries, sales, outdoor cultivation and more.
The Council voted 5-0 on the ordinance with Councilors Chris Hamm and Kathy Ward voting “reluctantly,” saying the measures the city has passed show that San Clemente is not in favor of marijuana, but the permitting and enforcement is a bit overreaching.
Should Prop 64 not pass, the ordinance will not go into effect. City Attorney Scott Smith said the reason for this is if it doesn’t pass and the city’s ordinance is still on the books, it could set an “unintended” grandfather clause, allowing people to do more with marijuana than the city’s officials intended.