Cannabis Raid

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There appears to be a cannabis raid in the 2700 block of Cebada Canyon in Lompoc. Does anyone have any other information?

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a-1590439742 Feb 07, 2020 07:13 AM
Cannabis Raid

The County needs to declare a moratorium on cannabis grows now. The PEIR is inadequate as many of the negative impacts are not included. No consideration of cumulative impacts in areas like SY/Carp./Tepesquet and along 246 near housing/EDRNs. I am not pointing fingers but a one year halt will prevent ongoing lawsuits, etc. Some of the applicants lied on their paperwork. Cebada Canyon is groundzero for illicit activity.

a-1590439742 Feb 08, 2020 11:53 AM
Cannabis Raid

PSTARSR- Retail stores are not the issue. That’s what SB voters were voting for when they approved Prop 64. People just wanted a place to buy new and exciting products legally. The Law gives each jurisdiction the ability to craft its own ordinances including a total ban. No one thought SB County would limit retail stores and then give cultivators a free for all. Santa Barbara County was advertised in cannabis publications across the nation as the place to come, before the ordinance was adopted. Lots of greenhouses, open lands and struggling cities like Lompoc and guess what? No cap on the amount of cultivation licenses an individual could have. The outrage was so great they had to modify the ordinance to limit cultivation acres. So a small number of operators hold all the licenses taking up the acres. This favors out of town big money investors who do not care about this county or existing residents. So yes our local government blew it by opening the door to widespread fraud and the illegal market.

pstarSR Feb 07, 2020 07:53 AM
Cannabis Raid

Stop, this isnt your personal soapbox. Provide real information, real evidence. So far you have made the assumption that the tax money would flow in, when we still dont have the total permitted recreational stores in town, and its the first year. Ever start a business that makes you all tge money you expect in the first year? Yea no one has

a-1590439742 Feb 06, 2020 01:56 PM
Cannabis Raid

And the net cannabis tax benefit to the county is exactly what?

pstarSR Feb 06, 2020 07:23 PM
Cannabis Raid

the rules are being enforced. this is a strange argument. no one "blew" it. its mostly been sucking.

a-1590439742 Feb 06, 2020 05:21 PM
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DBD There are many costs associated with the planning dept that are not covered by fees. They had to hire 13 additional staff members just to handle the permit applications. Planning staff has put in thousands of hours on creating and trying to implement this ordinance. The county has really blown it. Dennis Bozanich told the Board of Supervisors this ordinance would bring in 25-50 Million a year in tax revenue. First year it brought in 5.5M with 2.8M going to enforcement. Oh and where is Dennis now? Doesn’t work here anymore...

DBD Feb 06, 2020 04:48 PM
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You pay for staff time involved in an application, that is not free. Nothing is free when working with the county, lol. Also, not all operators grew or sold product. All provisional are in the state track and trace(METRC) and should be taxed at some point down the line.

PitMix Feb 06, 2020 02:49 PM
Cannabis Raid

About $6.7M of the $1,000M in total taxes paid to the County. so less than 1%. I bet that between 50% of that going to the sheriff's, the rest is eaten up in admin costs with the County salaries for all of the staff involved in the program. 62% of cannabis operators failed to pay any taxes in 2019 according to the County.

DBD Feb 06, 2020 02:36 PM
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Around $6.7M last year. IIRC around half of that went to SB sheriff for enforcement. These raids are all paid for by taxes and fees that are paid for by local cannabis industry. The county CEO released a report about a week ago with some metrics.

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