By Lionel Neff, Board Member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis
Last week, we were disappointed to discover that Santa Barbara County approved the permits for Santa Barbara’s most flagrant rule-breaking cannabis operator. The Island Breeze grow was approved this past week despite the fact that it is the first and only cannabis operator being sued by the county for public nuisance.
The permit also includes provisions for ineffective vapor misting as the only method of odor prevention. This technology is a masking agent that covers up odors and has been the source of concern and complaints from many in the Carpinteria community.
Carbon scrubbers, on the other hand, eliminate odors from the air inside the greenhouse. After months of intense scientific study with SCS Engineers of Santa Maria, the Coalition found that carbon scrubbers are 84% effective in eliminating cannabis odors. They work. It’s as simple as that.
The flagrant dismissal of superior odor abatement technologies makes it clear that decision-makers at the County are simply ignoring the science. Carbon scrubbers have proven to be successful in eliminating odors and should be a requirement for greenhouse cannabis operations across the county. We are extremely discontented to see the approval of such a bad operation.
We hope that when this particular grow appears before the Planning Commission or Board of Supervisors, we see justice served on a cannabis operation that flagrantly ignores the law.
Furthermore, we hope to see carbon scrubbers required for all Carpinteria cannabis. Anything less is our local government’s failure to stop a very preventable public nuisance.
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