Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

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Graham Farrar (Photo: Glass House Farms)

By edhat staff

The Carpinteria School Board appears to have joined forces with local cannabis growers for the money, according to a new Los Angeles Times article.

This past September an article in Carpinteria's Coastal View News pictured members of the Carpinteria school board at Glass House Farms wearing hats and shirts with the cannabis grower's logos. The article detailed a $189,000 donation over three years from the nonprofit cannabis farmers group, CARP Growers, to Carpinteria Unified School District for a full-time school counselor at Carpinteria Middle School.

One member of the Carpinteria City Council, Rogelio Delgado, dissented over the decision to accept the donation on August 27.

The photo further divided Carpinteria residents between those who praise the massive influx of cannabis farming for providing jobs and revenue while others contend with the proximity of farms to homes and schools providing a pungent odor that's changing the landscape of the small seaside town. 

After the photo was publicized, critics voiced their concerns over the local school system and politicians being in the pockets of cannabis growers beholden to out of town investors.

The LA Times interviewed a former Carpinteria school board member who felt forced to resign over voicing concerns by taking donations from cannabis organizations.

Read the full LA Times article here.

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PitMix Nov 14, 2019 08:27 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

Be interesting to know if the various supporters/detractors have an interest in the pot industry. Let me be the first- I do not benefit from the pot industry financially, even indirectly, and I approve this message.

a-1575662628 Nov 13, 2019 05:32 PM
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The sadest thing for me is to see the slow degradation of the quality of life in Carpinteria. The "weed heads" and washed-up hippies who live here do not care. "Smell? What schmell? There is no stinkin' stink" ...and the pig farmer dont notice nothin either.

Flicka Nov 13, 2019 10:06 AM
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My heavens, I think some of these commenters must have watched the propaganda film "Refer Madness" or read some of Hearst's yellow journalism articles condemning hemp as the "devil plant" because it could be used to make paper and he and his cronies owned forests for paper, they didn't want the competition. I believe most of the cannabis here in Carp are meant for medicinal use. So, if CVS wanted to donate would their "drug money" be turned down?

PitMix Nov 13, 2019 03:48 PM
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Generic aspirin is comparable to a drug that is still illegal according to the feds? When is the last time anyone in Carpenteria complained about the smell of the local aspirin plant, or the effect of aspirin donations to Das Williams? Pretzel logic, like Steely Dan said.

yacht rocked Nov 13, 2019 12:56 PM
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I think a better comparison is to the people who make generic aspirin. Yes they should have skipped a photo, but I'm glad the school system took their monetary support. BTW, the farms' employees' kids go to school too.

PitMix Nov 13, 2019 11:33 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

I think a better comparison is if the people that make opiods wanted to donate, would that money be accepted? Probably not. Let's put it this way, that school district will never be caught mugging for the camera with their cannabis hats on ever again. I'm sure they have learned their lesson.

RHS Nov 13, 2019 10:05 AM
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Zerohawk: Please get an adult perspective. The comments here do not attack the legalization of cannabis. But just as is required of wine makers and breweries, environmental rules should be in place to protect the community . Beer makers cannot stink up the neighborhood and wine makers cannot dump their waste into the sewers. Pot growers can easily (with the huge profits they make) create process and add machinery to clean up their act. If oil refineries can keep their smells out of the air, so can these folks.

ZeroHawk Nov 13, 2019 09:06 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

some of these comments are just....dumb and baseless. Some are very accurate. Bottom line. Cannabis is here and it's not leaving. Gripe and whine all you like, while sipping your wine. The industry is larger than you imagine. Pharma and alcohol and tobacco industries are upset. Big win there. just leave the weed alone folks...there are bigger issues at hand.

SantaBarbaraObserver Nov 13, 2019 10:06 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

Should we call it Deapster's law instead? Seems appropriate to name it after your old moniker Facto.................... You seem overly infatuated with people who use pot. Sounds like a personal issue drives your position here. Maybe you should reassess your position on this issue since the majority of people in society hold no such issues, have no real problems and have no emotional holdovers from decades of overt lies, gross miss-characterizations and clear propaganda...

Luvaduck Nov 13, 2019 07:11 AM
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About the t-shirt issue: Considering the rude, lewd and aggressive messages on t-shirts people--including kids--wear daily, it's a non-issue. That teachers have to reach into their own pockets to buy school supplies for their classes and that art & music classes, both of which are extremely valuable to developing minds, have been eliminated due to budget cuts, are a REAL issue.

RHS Nov 13, 2019 08:52 AM
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It is objectionable that any private business get such an endorsement from a public school which should be neutral in these areas. Money should not buy support. If the business wants to help the schools it should do so for reasons independent of the staff having to sign on as endorsers of their product. Real simple stuff.

Factotum Nov 12, 2019 09:07 PM
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Prop 98 guarantees 50% right off the top goes to public education in this state, this 5th largest economy in the world. The scandal is what are they doing with all that money and why are the results so consistently poor. Voters decades ago voted to strongly support public education with the Prop 98 guarantee. Money is not the issue - how the money is getting spent and why is the scandal.

a-1575662628 Nov 12, 2019 07:42 PM
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Politicians who sell out to any industry which harms a small community, whether it be pollution, noise, danger, or related threats often find out in the next election that the majority still rules. Good luck Carpinteria School Officials and Das Williams, because you are going to need it if you think cozying up to the cannabis industry is going to fly with the neighbors whose homes are permeated by cannabis stench.

yacht rocked Nov 12, 2019 08:01 PM
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Which homes? Granted, it was a significant problem last Spring, but all the legit growers have implemented odor control measures that largely work, and the few remaining miscreants are being forced out. The steer manure that CalTrans is spreading on the shoulders of the revamped 101 in Carp is much worse, and there's no odor control implemented there.

JB86 Nov 12, 2019 06:43 PM
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Cannabis is out of control. The legalization process was not thought out, especially the consequences to neighbors. My daughter lives in a suburban area of Camarillo and has significant 'skunk' smell from Hemp growers miles away. Funny how some people get outraged about rotten egg smell from water wells, but give the pot skunk smell a pass, while having hissy-fits about people smoking or vaping in the great outdoors. Weird.

Sagepup Nov 12, 2019 07:18 PM
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Just a reminder, Cannabis grew wild all over north America and yes here in California as a wild weed, that is why they call it weed , It is not new and that smell is most common for most of this countrys history. It was just about a hundred years ago did the Pharma companys and oil and cotten pay to ban it. Read a history book

a-1575662628 Nov 12, 2019 06:30 PM
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Not the kind of publicity the City of Carpinteria wants or needs at this time. We used to go to Foster's Freeze for a pineapple shake about once a month (first Saturday or Sunday of each month). So sad...just thinking about those milkshakes makes me wish it was like the "old" days again. Now, it is all about the green weed, the heartache, and the money it brings. Beach town? No, weed town.

jqb Nov 13, 2019 03:24 PM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

I'm on your side on this, but it should be pointed out that that's a propaganda video from the cannabis growers, edited by them--which doesn't necessarily mean it's not representative, but it's not neutral reporting.

a-1575662628 Nov 13, 2019 02:50 PM
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Why do you no longer get your milkshakes? The only people who care about cannabis are the ones who gripe about it in these forums. Tourists don't care. Fosters freeze is still in Carpinteria. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfegv7lr2iU&t=122s

yacht rocked Nov 12, 2019 05:51 PM
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+1 Flicka. Who frigging cares? The cannabis folk have largely gotten a grip on the odor, with the exception of one or two miscreants who will be shut down by New Years. The greenhouses are industrial operations that contain plants instead of Amazon packages. Most were already built for the flower growing industry, which was then outsourced to Central and South America because inputs are cheap. The land they cover will never return to orchards, but without profit, will become suburbs and warehouses. The local cannabis growers want to support the local community, if not for philanthropy, than for self-preservation marketing. Integrating those businesses into Carpinteria, which is also becoming a serious tech hub if you're not paying attention, is just fine. Stop whining and take a gummy.

Flicka Nov 12, 2019 04:23 PM
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I am just so sick of the anti-cannabis bullies. For one thing, the money donated to the school district for counseling is definitely needed since the school district will do nothing about the bullies having free rein at the middle school. Some children in this country commit suicide because of being bullied. A friend's 6th grade daughter at the Carp Middle School was bullied so severely she no longer wanted to go to school. Multiple times the parents met with the principle and finally administrator but with no results just babble about, "Not all parents are as concerned as you," Also, they offered to pay for the bullied child to get "counseling". How about the bullies, several girls following the young girl and not leaving her alone. Anyone talk to them? Nope. Or their parents? Nope. Finally it got so bad the bullied girl had to go to another school. So yes, take the cannabis donation for counseling and pay for help that the school principal and administrator refuse to even consider stepping in to help the bullied kids. A really sick situation when a child can't attend school in her own district because bullies are allowed to run the show.

PitMix Nov 13, 2019 08:21 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

I often wonder if bullying is any better than it was when I went to school. Some kids tell me it is not so bad at SB Jr High, but stories like yours make me wonder if that is true? Probably the only way to get an insensitive school board to listen and act is to get a lawyer involved. That is the kind of society that we have become.

Luvaduck Nov 13, 2019 07:17 AM
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Can pay does not equal will pay. Ignoring ability to pay for the moment, different communities, ethnicities, religions, nationalities--any human divisions possible--vary widely.

Luvaduck Nov 13, 2019 07:17 AM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

Can pay does not equal will pay. Ignoring ability to pay for the moment, different communities, ethnicities, religions, nationalities--any human divisions possible--vary widely.

Sagepup Nov 12, 2019 07:05 PM
Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?

Flicka, You are correct, The local gov. was suppose to use the lottery money for schools and roads ect... that was the promise years ago, but they lied. So now a plant that should never had been criminalized in the first place is standing up to right the wrongs of a corrupt gov. then so be it. We need these resources , for better education facilities and counseling and for road and infrastructure improvement ect.. as far as what the LA Times has to say, I worked for them years ago, and their whole agenda is to start controversy to sell papers and has nothing to do with truth or facts . The LA times is a propaganda rag and nothing more. The comics has more truth than any of their writers or editors . So any group, whether it be Cannabis , or a church group , or even a beer brewing club wants to donate and help the local community then let them. All these wanking people about this I ask, How much do you donate or contribute? outside your regular taxes? If not , then you have nothing else to say!!!!

Factotum Nov 12, 2019 04:31 PM
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Parents can contribute if this position is so critical. Don't ever rely on drug money for anything. Plus once the drug money dries up, parents will get stuck with the bill anyway because this is such a "critical" position.

Factotum Nov 12, 2019 04:06 PM
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The alcohol industry comes to Carp school board and offers $200K to fund an alcohol abuse" counselor", but makes no promises they will work to keep pot out of minor's hands The pharmaceutical company comes to Carp schools and offers $200K to set up an RX drug abuse "counselor", but makes no attempt to keep their unprescribed drugs out of minor's hands. The Chumash come to Carp schools and offers $200K for a gambling abuse "counselor" but makes no promise to keep minors from becoming gambling addicts. They all know this stuff is bad for kids and we know this stuff if bad for kids, so they offer a little smokescreen bandaid for good public relations. Parents, step up to the table and provide your own "counseling" to your own kids. Don't farm this out to the schools and the pushers.

Factotum Nov 12, 2019 02:58 PM
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Pot growers did not need to compromise the schools to provide a "counselor". They could have offered this on their own, or made a donation to a local community health organization. Don't touch this money, Carpinteria. You will later regret its harvest.

PitMix Nov 12, 2019 01:56 PM
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Going to be hard to overcome the advantage the pot growers and dispensary owners have with all of that money. Why is it so profitable, does the free market not apply here?

jqb Nov 12, 2019 02:19 PM
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It's a controlled substance, heavily regulated and licensed, so no there isn't a free market. Ironically, the government-is-the-problem libertarian-wannabes would go bonkers (and rightly so; we all would) at the results if the government folded up and all those laws and regulations and enforcement went away.

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