US (CA): 4.17-acre cultivation operation receives approval

The Santa Barbara County Planning Commission approved a 4.17-acre cannabis cultivation operation near Lompoc. 92nd G25 LLC, the company that will own the facility, will grow cannabis under hoop structures with four harvests per year.

Each harvest and replanting is expected to last 28 days, with the cannabis to be frozen or trucked off-site within four hours after harvest and odor controlled using a vapor-phase system combined with landscaping using fragrant plants, said 92nd G25 agent Troy White.

Third District Commissioner John Parke noted that most outdoor cultivation operations expect one to two harvests per year, with a potential for three, and asked how the company could boost that to four apparently intense annual harvests.

White explained that the company will not start with small nursery plants grown in the ground because the site was previously used to grow flowers and the soil is likely contaminated with pesticides that would make the cannabis unsellable. Instead, the operation will put down weed mats and begin each grows with more mature plants cultivated in pots or raised beds, he said. The plan is to keep the hoops up all year, although the plastic might be removed in the summer to potentially boost THC content, and growers will be “messing with the plant’s light cycles” to boost production to four crops a year.

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