County approves greenhouse pot growing

By the Daily Post staff

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors yesterday (Dec. 5) approved an ordinance allowing marijuana to be grown in coastside greenhouses, but no pot shops will be permitted for now.

The county will begin processing applications for nurseries and greenhouses beginning Jan. 2, according to county spokeswoman Michelle Durand.

While marijuana grows will be allowed on agricultural land in unincorporated areas of the county, pot shops and other marijuana-related businesses such as testing facilities and distribution centers will not.

The prohibition of those businesses and growing marijuana outdoors will continue for a year in order to give county officials more time to study the issue. Board President Don Horsley said in a statement that the yearlong ban does not necessarily mean the county is leaning toward a permanent ban.