All-day cannabis hearing draws speakers in two meeting rooms across Santa Barbara County

We spent the morning at City Hall supporting the local cannabis farming community.

The cannabis industry continues to contribute in a positive way to the local community in the form of jobs, economic vitality, increased property values, philanthropic giving, tax revenue and sustainable farming techniques which will preserve the agricultural character of our community. Regulation and oversight by the county is the necessary answer, not prohibition.

We are proud to be part of this movement. We love our community and we believe in the power of conscious cannabis. #LETITGROW

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Greenhouses — An Organic and Nonorganic Grower Viewpoint

When it comes to cleaning up Santa Barbara County’s environment, greenhouse cannabis growers are leading the way. Without a doubt, the switchover from cut flowers to cannabis has dramatically reduced pesticide use in the county. Unlike any other crop, the standards for cannabis are nearly zero tolerance for dozens of pesticides and chemicals known to cause human health issues. A cannabis crop would have to be destroyed if it tests higher than 4 parts per billion on 68 different pesticides, or for E. coli, molds, and other substances deemed a health risk. Every conventional pesticide’s active ingredient is tested so consumers are protected from ingesting or inhaling harmful chemicals. No other agricultural crop is tested to these standards.

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Torey Schreiner
Cannabis, done right

"Cannabis, done right, preserves the agricultural character of Carpinteria.

We have a unique opportunity to fulfill the will of you, the voters, by providing access to safe, locally and responsibly grown, legal cannabis. We are dedicated to doing this the right way, by stimulating our local economy, being respectful of our community, and also keeping Carpinteria in sustainable farming, as it has been for generations."

- Graham Farrar, owner of Glasshouse Farms

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Torey Schreiner
The world’s largest pot farms, and how Santa Barbara opened the door

Lobbied heavily by the marijuana industry, Santa Barbara County officials opened the door to big cannabis interests in the last two years like no other county in the nation, setting off a largely unregulated rush of planting in a region not previously known for the crop.

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