US (CA): Santa Barbara County requires permitted cannabis growers to plant or potentially lose acreage

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a “use it or lose it” policy for commercial cannabis cultivation that gives growers a deadline to plant the amount of cannabis they proposed in their permit application.

Growers are required to plant their permitted acreage within three years or have the unused acreage removed from their permit and given to someone on the waitlist.

Santa Barbara County adopted a cannabis cultivation acreage cap of 1,575 acres for areas outside the Carpinteria Valley and has already reached it.   

Potential cultivators who received permits after the cap was reached are not allowed to grow. They are on the county’s waitlist and could receive acreage if other growers don’t plant their full permitted amount or don’t get their licenses renewed. Operators on the wait list have requested to cultivate about 220 acres of cannabis, according to the county.

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