The first reading of amendments to the Chapter 50 ordinance governing the cannabis business license process in Santa Barbara County was approved Tuesday after the Board of Supervisors made some changes to the language.
However, other changes they wanted, with the goal of increasing tax revenue, had to be put off until a future discussion because they would have reached beyond County Code Chapter 50 into Chapter 35 as well as the Uniform Code.
Supervisors unanimously approved the fifth round of amendments aimed at dealing with inefficiencies and inconsistencies that have cropped up since Chapter 50 was originally adopted in 2018.
The amendments will have to come back for a second reading and approval before becoming effective. One proposed amendment was to give legal nonconforming cultivation operations that have not obtained a land-use permit 120 days to do so or cease growing, but supervisors wanted to allow them more time because some have been delayed by circumstances beyond their control or because they have complex projects.
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