SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – Critics of Santa Barbara County’s dealing with of cannabis cultivation within the wake of legalization are applauding an article by Joe Mozingo within the Los Angeles Instances.
The article is entitled; “The Worlds Largest pot farms, and the way Santa Barbara opened the door.”
Journalist and longtime Carpinteria resident Ann Louis Bardach mentioned, ” This text is a recreation changer it actually lays out intimately the egregious moral lapses and breached within the creation of the Santa Barbara cannabis ordinance and explains why the consequences have been so devastating to residents faculties avocado growers and vintners and hallelujah, sure there’s gonna be extra lawsuits.”
Bardach mentioned there is no such thing as a extra denying what different new shops have didn’t cowl as totally.
“This board of supervisors in an underhanded secretive means, by means of advocacy committees, loaded with trade lobbyists, put collectively a invoice that may be a cannabis lobbyist’s dream and so they did it on the backs of residents, they did it on the backs of faculties and present ag, significantly avocados, and the wine trade. It’s unacceptable and we aren’t taking it and we’re going to struggle and sue till we get our nation again.”
Mozingo infers cannabis trade lobbyists gained entry to First District Supervisors Das Williams and Fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino by making marketing campaign donations and socializing.
The studies mentioned Second District Supervisor Gregg Hart employed a lobbyist as his chief of workers.
The article consists of pleasant emails that started with “Hey Man” despatched from the President of the Carp Growers Hashish Coalition to Williams and Lavagnino.
Williams took day out of a commencement to touch upon the article that he calls one sided.
He mentioned he has mates on either side of the difficulty.
“Issues are getting higher, odor is much less of a difficulty this 12 months than it was earlier than the ordinance took impact final November and marijuana income goes in the direction of higher enforcement it’s going in the direction of public security wants, it’s going towards saving many of the county’s libraries and it’s going in the direction of a transfer that may do extra different power.”
Mozingo writes that on the finish of Could growers has utilized to plant 1,415 acres. He quoted a lobbyist who mentioned they assume it takes 1,100 acres to produce the complete state since there aren’t sufficient authorized dispensaries to purchase the pot being grown..
He additionally in contrast plans for a 147 acre pot farm close to the wine area to 130 soccer fields. A soccer area is 1.three acres.
Santa Barbara County’s Deputy Govt Officer Dennis Bozanich mentioned, “Bear in mind we solely have two candidates which have gone during the land use permits and the licensing course of working within the county immediately and that’s the place you’ll see the total good thing about issues like odor management, issues like safety plans figuring out what’s being cultivated and the place and the way a lot.”
He mentioned a dozen have land use permits and there are 117 in a queue.
“Are there some sights massive right here, sure however that is an Ag primarily based county. We’ve got 765,000 acres ag- zoned land on this county. If sometime now we have 2000 acres of cannabus that’s 0.18 p.c of all the ag zone land in Santa Barbara County. “
Bozanich mentioned the article is more likely to be talked about by county leaders for days to return.