When it comes to banning cultivation of marijuana for personal use, it turns out Santa Rosa was just blowing smoke.
The City Council on Tuesday soundly rejected an immediate temporary ban on growing pot outdoors for personal use as council members questioned whether enough safety or nuisance issues existed to warrant emergency restrictions on pot gardens in the city.
Mayor Chris Coursey said he was concerned about burdening a code enforcement staff that would be unlikely to prioritize any odor or other nuisance complaints stemming from a proliferation of backyard grows.
The council voted 5-2 to reject the ban. It also rejected on a 5-2 vote a compromise proposal floated by Councilwoman Julie Combs to limit outdoor plants to two per household.