US (CA): Santa Ynez cannabis grow agrees to regulate and study odor emissions

A recently approved cannabis cultivation project in the Santa Ynez Valley includes an odor testing and analysis plan that some are hailing as the gold standard for odor abatement in the local marijuana industry. 

At a meeting on May 4, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved plans for a roughly 30-acre cannabis farm near Buellton in a unanimous 4-0 vote, with 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann abstaining. The long-awaited decision on the Central Coast Agriculture grow comes after nearly two years of back-and-forth between the company, the county, and the Santa Barbara County Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, a group of community members who advocate for the needs of businesses and residents impacted by nearby cannabis grows. 

Although the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis appealed the Planning Commission’s recent approval of the Central Coast Agriculture cannabis farm, the organization will not be pursuing further legal action in this case as it has in others. That, according to Marc Chytilo, an attorney for the coalition, is because Central Coast Agriculture agreed to ensure that any odors emanating from the grow are studied, analyzed, and adequately handled. 

“That’s the best we can ask for at this point,” Chytilo said. 


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