Buellton Asks County to Regulate Cannabis in Santa Ynez Valley
Illegal cannabis farm on Cebada Canyon Road (Photo: SBSO)
By edhat staff
The City of Buellton passed a resolution on Thursday requesting the Board of Supervisors to take action to regulate commercial cannabis cultivation in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The resolution stated Buellton representatives have previously expressed deep concerns regarding the "potential impacts and unintended consequences of permitting commercial cannabis cultivation in the Santa Ynez Valley, particularly in close proximity to the City's jurisdictional boundaries, including noxious odors, commercial traffic, water, lighting, public safety, incompatibility of uses, crime, and the potential for other serious public health, safety and welfare issues."
The City of Buellton stated the current commercial cannabis regulatory program is inadequate to prevent proliferation and overconcentration of commercial cannabis cultivation operations in the County and particularly in the Santa Ynez Valley.
It was cited that the cities of Carpinteria, Goleta, and Solvang had adopted similar resolutions expressing concerns of a detrimental impact on tourism and economic activity for some businesses, and potentially threatening the long-term viability of other established open-field agricultural crops.
The City Council stated they are committed to working with the County Board of Supervisors to help craft amendments to the County's cannabis regulations to address the aforementioned unintended consequences.
The full resolution can be found here.