US (CA): All-day cannabis hearing draws speakers in two meeting rooms across Santa Barbara County

Citizens from a number of residential, business and agricultural areas with specific interests in the cannabis industry spoke out strongly to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

Some were in person in Santa Maria. Others were speaking via remote equipment from the Santa Barbara hearing room.

"We need to trust you to do the right job," was one of the direct messages the board heard.

Many people who were concerned about health and safety issues, property values, odors, tourism impacts and the locations of the grows, straddled the line on a full scale opposition rather most wanted appropriate controls in place to have the industry fit in as approved by the voters.

It was not easy to navigate. That's why, in part, it took two hearing rooms on each end of the county to manage the response.

The hearing took all day. Many speakers had "Let it grow" stickers on.

One speaker says he and his partners were completing each and every requirement but had to deal with ten agencies.

Carpinteria growers said cannabis is changing their valley but it's necessary since the flower industry is largely going away.


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