Cannabis Activist Group Proposes Ordinance Corrections to Supervisors
By Santa Barbara County Coalition for Responsible Cannabis
[On Tuesday], SB Coalition Board member Rob Salomon presented the Board of Supervisors with draft urgency ordinances designed to minimize many of the nuisance impacts of odor from ongoing, unpermitted cannabis operations, both in the Coastal Zone and in the inland areas. These ordinances are narrowly tailored to address the specific problem of marijuana cultivators who either lied on their affidavits to obtain County authorization for State licenses, or have unlawfully expanded their operation from January of 2016, and who do not have any controls on their operation which would mitigate odor impacts, either in the form of odor control technology, or in adequate setbacks from residences or pre-existing agricultural operations.
The County has continued to authorize state provisional licenses, despite the fact that to our knowledge, none of these operations has completed the local land use and licensing requirements. As of Monday July 2nd, 767 Provisional Licenses have been issued to Santa Barbara County marijuana growers, accounting for 37% of all Provisional Licenses issued statewide. When presented with this information today, Supervisor Das Williams and County CEO staff Dennis Bozanich responded with some data about “temporary licenses”. However, our intent with these ordinance amendments is to halt the authorization of Provisional licenses without the parameters set forth in the urgency ordinances.
Since March 2019, the SB Coalition for Responsible Cannabis has repeatedly urged the Board of Supervisors to take immediate action to ameliorate the negative impacts caused by the multiple unpermitted cannabis operations that the Board has allowed to continue to operate. The existing Cannabis Ordinance is the subject of potential amendments to address a multitude of issues, to be discussed at the July 9, 2019 BOS hearing.
Board member Salomon stated: “Today, we are asking that County Counsel review these draft ordinances, and agendize and adopt these ordinances at your July 9 meeting. It is past time for the BOS to take meaningful action to protect constituents.” We were gratified to hear County Counsel Michael Ghizzoni indicate that a response to our drafts would be available to the Supervisors and public at [the July 9th] Board hearing.
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