Carpinteria School Board and Cannabis Partnership?
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.