Cannabis Storefront Application Availability

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Source: County of Santa Barbara

On January 14, 2020, the Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amendment to Chapter 50 that established a merit-based criteria scoring system for applicants vying for a cannabis retail storefront license. 

Per the ordinance, the process commenced with community engagement meetings to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed. After a delay due to the pandemic, six virtual community meetings were held in July to gather input from the community plan areas where storefront retail is allowed. County Code 50-7(b) limits the number of storefront retail licenses to no more than one in each of six community plan areas.

On August 18, the Board of Supervisors approved two criteria-based scoresheets for evaluating the Business Operations Proposal and Neighborhood Compatibility Proposal of the retail storefront application. Staff considered community input in the development of these scoresheets. During the public hearing, the Board also reviewed the methodology outlined in the Code and timelines for the selection process.

As next steps of the cannabis retail storefront selection process, the application availability period begins Tuesday, September 29, 2020, allowing potential applicants approximately 34 days to prepare documents for the application submittal period that begins 8 a.m. Monday, November 2 until the deadline of 5 p.m. Monday, November 9.

The application is available at, along with links to the County’s Cannabis Permitting and Zoning map and County Land Use and Zoning map. Other helpful information is linked on the website, including an FAQ, PowerPoint presentation in English and Spanish, and videos of each community meeting.

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sacjon Sep 29, 2020 09:31 AM
Cannabis Storefront Application Availability

Great! I love both the local shops for my CBD products, but another one in town might have even more products available. Keep it competitive, it's a HUGE market!

PitMix Sep 29, 2020 10:44 AM
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Go to Ventura, you can get stuff for 1/2 of the SB shops. Like everything, costs more here. I ended up ordering online because I could also get high quality CBD oil from Canada for about 1/2 price. Really helps my dog's arthritis.

a-1601401873 Sep 29, 2020 10:51 AM
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PIT - I don't mind the prices too much here. I buy $25 worth of 3:1 CBD/THC gummies and they last me a couple months. CBD truly is an amazing thing.

Byzantium Sep 29, 2020 09:42 AM
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Nothing good has happened since pot stores and legal pot came to this town: huge increase in vagrant camps all over the city - sidewalks, parks, beaches, creeks, downtown, RR tracks, freeway access ramps, rise in gang crimes; destroyed downtown and retail sales tax base; increasing strong arm robberies; increasing crimes of violence; rise mail box thefts; and daily increase of private property theft reports now coming in from all residential neighborhoods. Feeding vagrancy and drug additions in this town cannot b divorced from the shocking increase in crimes and degradation of this city's former quality of life. The thin veneer of civilization was breached after the introduction of "legal pot". And yeah before you jump on it, alcohol abuse is just as bad and a co-factor. Out of control consumption of both and there is no ignoring it now. What drives so many today to drop out of life chemically?

a-1601399415 Sep 29, 2020 10:10 AM
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I highly doubt there is a direct connection to the increased crime you see happening around our town to legal cannabis. First, vagrants and the homeless can't afford the legal priced cannabis at the retail shops - prices are almost always higher than they were pre-legalization. Second, I think it's rare that someone will smoke and then go and commit a strong-arm robbery , become violent, etc. I'm sure there may be a small percentage where this could be true, but vast majority of people who use cannabis are quite relaxed after consuming. I would argue you have a much higher chance of someone committing any of these crimes you mentioned after consuming alcohol, or some other destructive form of drugs. To your last question, take a look at our climate (both politically and socially).

sacjon Sep 29, 2020 10:14 AM
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BYZANTIUM - none of that is true at all. Where are your stats? Why would homeless people come here for legal weed? Have you ever been in one of these stores? It's EXPENSIVE. Also, gangs? How many pangas have you seen wash up since we legalized it? Maybe 1 per year when there used to be multiple. Where are your facts? You can't just angrily say a bunch of things and make them "true." That's not how it works.

sacjon Sep 29, 2020 10:47 AM
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LCP - exactly. And further, they're not going to the pot shops to buy their weed, they're buying/trading for it from local black market dealers or growing their own. And NO ONE is going to shops and buying bulk so they can sell on the black market. That is absolutely ridiculous if you have even a kindergarten level understanding of math - that is, which of these numbers is more than the other.... No, gangs aren't fighting new wars over pot shops, people aren't getting high in the parking lots and running out to murder and rape (they do that at the local bars), no one is getting "addicted" to watermelon and basil infused gummies and then stealing people's mail to feed their "THC addiction," the list of "not what's happening" could go on and on......

The anti-pot crow is ancient and living in a fantasy land. NONE of the terrible things Byzantium has mentioned can be linked to legal weed. Alcohol and percocet maybe, but not ganja. Nice try though!

420722 Sep 29, 2020 11:21 AM
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Byzantium- I agree with you on many of not most things but not this time. Have you driven by the legal pot shops? In line you will not find poor people or homeless. It’s way too expensive. An 1/8 of weed can be upwards of 65 dollars. I promise you that pot is not the issue when it comes to our outstanding homeless crisis or rise in crime. Meth, alcohol and heroin is our enemy. Sacjon your 10:47 comment is spot on.

Roger Sep 29, 2020 12:54 PM
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You are SO FULL OF IT! OH MY GOD THE SKY IS FALLING WITH VAGRANT CAMPS NOW THAT WE HAVE LEGALIZED THY BLESSED SATAN WEED! Get out of here with that comment the homeless have been here forever and more homeless have NOTHING to do with WEED.

Thomas John Sep 29, 2020 01:00 PM
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BYZ - you're blithering about what you don't know. You make it sound like everything was fine until legal pot came to town. No way the homeless are in buying legal pot - It costs way too much.

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 29, 2020 01:21 PM
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BYZANTIUM: Actually, you're not as far off as your critics here are suggesting. Many of the young, homeless criminals in our county are migrant marijuana trimmers. Anyone who has seen the documentary, "Murder Mountain", knows that these young kids come out to California to earn some easy money and get free weed by trimming. Often it doesn't end well for them. I've seen these trimmers camped on the Ellwood Mesa, littering the eucalyptus groves with their garbage. You can easily spot the camps, just look for all bicycle parts (that they stole) strewn about. I've heard their conversations outside of markets or as they're pushing yet another stolen bike toward their camps. "This should be free, man. Like, it's just nature and it should be free..." Speaking of markets, some very young guy with braided hair and a large dirty backpack, wearing far too heavy of clothing during the recent heatwave walked up and leaned "his" bike outside of the Goleta Albertsons as I was entering. He walked in after me and never bothered to lock the bike. Why not? Because he didn't buy it and if someone takes it he'll just find another. California is not the only state that is dealing with migrant trimmers adding to the local homeless population. Check out what's happening in neighboring Nevada:

Byzantium Sep 29, 2020 01:43 PM
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10:10 It was a temporal observation; not necessarily a causal observation. But it did stimulate interesting defensive reactions from those who did not read fully and carefully.. Let' just call it a coincidental "climate change" observation - the climate of this city is the message we send out by our offcial actions, reactions and permissive tolerances. I repeat, nothing good has come to this city, since the introduction of legal pot.

a-1601414111 Sep 29, 2020 02:15 PM
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CSF-No, they are off by a long shot. There are no "migrant marijuana trimmers" here in our town. That was a big thing to do back in the 90's and early 2000's up in the emerald triangle (Mainly Humbolt and Ukiah). SB has never really had that scene, it's been left up to the local growers and local friends of growers who did/do the trimming. Nobody is going to risk hiring an out-of-towner, non-local that you don't know to come into your operation and possibly become a victim of theft or worse. That is so far off, sorry. With the legal laws in place for cannabis cultivation and everything that falls under, legitimate businesses aren't hiring "traveling migrant vagrant marijuana trimmers". Even when Hortipharm was operating back in the day (and I can name countless others) no one in their right mind would hire anyone just traveling through looking to trim. You think Graham and the good people at Glass House would entertain such an idea? LOL

sacjon Sep 29, 2020 02:17 PM
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CHEMICALSUPERFREAK - just stop. Murder Mountain was about Humboldt and Mendocino areas during the medical MJ time, not about SB during the LEGAL period. Just please stop with the absurd made up stories....

ChemicalSuperFreak Sep 29, 2020 02:30 PM
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SACJON and 2:15 PM: I also agree with you (both) on the point that trimmers are not needed or wanted here in SB. I often visit the local orchid growers and they've said that the legal grows have been poaching the orchid grower's very trustworthy and local employees with better pay to trim marijuana. You and I know that, but the problem is that the migrant trimmers don't know that. They just hear how most of the legal pot grown in the state is grown in SB and they probably spend every last penny to come here thinking it's going to be some kind of gold rush. When it doesn't turn out to be a trimmers paradise and there's no work, we get stuck with them.

Roger Sep 29, 2020 02:33 PM
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And what about alcohol you never say anything bad about that do you?I think you drink alot of Kool Aide. Those little shits near the Ellwood Bluffs seem to offend alot of rent paying neighborhood someone is bound to have resentments against them.

HRose Sep 29, 2020 03:56 PM
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It is abundantly obvious that this is pure speculation and assumptions. The homeless encampments are here due to migrant marijuana trimmer hopefuls? This irresponsible conjecture is how misinformation spreads.

sacjon Sep 29, 2020 04:01 PM
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CSF - I just don't think that's true still. Most of the migrant "homeless" we get here are the same lazy gutterpunks that have been coming here for years. They love the handouts and the weather - SB has both. Legal MJ didn't cause the influx of gutterpunks, that started decades ago.

haskelslocal Sep 30, 2020 07:25 AM
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So the song was a prophecy.
They'll stone you when you're at the breakfast table
They'll stone you when you are young and able
They'll stone you when you're tryin' to make a buck
Then they'll stone you and then they'll say "good luck"

Rinconer Sep 30, 2020 08:49 AM
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In 1999 big pharma giant Merck released the arthritis drug Vioxx. It was banned in 2004 after research showed Vioxx caused thousands of heart attacks. Deaths in the U.S. attributed to Vioxx range from 75,000 to over 500,000.
At the very least, Vioxx killed more Americans than the Vietnam War, before being pulled off U.S. shelves and then marketed internationally.
Vioxx = 75,000 + fatalities
Weed = 0 fatalities

Sail380 Sep 30, 2020 09:10 AM
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Really, 0 fatalities,
No one has caused an accident while high? Fallen off a cliff?

With your rational there are a lot less deaths due to alcohol.

PitMix Sep 30, 2020 09:18 AM
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Lots of health effects, especially for long term users. Including increased risk of heart attack directly after smoking. All NSAIDs have increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Vioxx was just worse that all of the others that are still sold. Have you stopped using all NSAIDs?

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