Carpinteria Residents Sue Neighboring Marijuana Growers Over Smell
Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria
By edhat staff
A group of Carpinteria residents is pursuing legal action against neighboring marijuana farms over its smell.
A class-action lawsuit was filed on Thursday by a Santa Barbara attorney on behalf of Carpinteria residents against multiple growers in the area. The lawsuit is asking the growers to seal their greenhouses using "carbon-based filtration methods."
Residents involved in the lawsuit state the currently used vapor-phase filtration is more harmful to allergy and asthma conditions and is irritating to eyes. The suit also alleges the current system can cause respiratory problems and headaches due to the emitted chemicals that are used.
One plaintiff, Greg Gandrud, stated his bedroom window is 70 feet from a grow house and feels his home hasn't sold in two years due to the smell.
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is also mentioned for not doing enough to rectify the situation and imposing lenient policies for marijuana growers. Supervisors Das Williams and Steve Lavagnino have come under fire for receiving campaign contributions from local growers.
In January, a cannabis grower whose farm was considered a "model marijuana grow" by County Supervisors was arrested for illegal possession and black market sales.
The lawsuit states the plaintiffs are not looking for money and would likely dismiss the case if the growers change their filtration system and odors decrease.