Santa Barbara County is managing its difficult cannabis issues with strict requirements on the size of grows and the related impacts, mainly odors.
The Board of Supervisors Tuesday reaffirmed a cap on cannabis cultivation in the unincorporated area of the county to 1575 acres but in the Carpinteria Valley, outside of the city limits in Carpinteria, the cap is 186 acres.
The Carpinteria-area cannabis grows and number of issued permits are said to be among the largest, but speakers in a public hearing said it amount to a small percent of the overall agricultural land in the county.
The supervisors spent the afternoon hearing an appeal on the G & K farms greenhouse project, a proposed cannabis business related to Glasshouse farms. It has come under criticism from residents who said there was an inadequate environmental review of the new plan and issues were raised about a cumulative impact on the Carpinteria Valley from odors.
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