Grand Jury Recommends Amended Cannabis Ordinances
Source: Santa Barbara County Grand Jury
The 2019-20 Santa Barbara County Grand Jury began an investigation initiated by concerns of residents over the actions taken by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on the creation and passage of the cannabis ordinances. The action taken by the Board to certify the development of a robust cannabis industry as the primary objective of the Cannabis Ordinances has altered the quality of life in Santa Barbara County, perhaps forever.
The fulfillment of that objective dictated the actions taken by the Board from the excessive allowance of licenses and acreage, creation of an unverified affidavit system, ignoring widespread odor complaints, not acknowledging the conflict between cannabis cultivation and traditional agriculture, to rejecting the environmentally superior alternatives of limited cannabis development.
Instead of a balanced approach carefully evaluating how the cannabis industry would be compatible, both as to amount of acreage and location, the Board simply opened the floodgates. These Ordinances must be amended.
The complete report with agency responses are posted on the Grand Jury’s website: www.sbcgj.org [and attached below]