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“In Carpinteria, there is not a difference of opinion between the pro-cannabis crowd and the one that is critical of cannabis,” stated First District Supervisor Das Williams, “We want effective, enforced odor control as quickly as possible.”

County supervisors tighten cannabis regulations

At the July 16 County Board of Supervisors meeting, First District Supervisor Das Williams, representing the Carpinteria Valley, led two successful motions aimed at combatting malodors from cannabis cultivation. A motion also passed to cap cannabis acreage at the county-level, modelled after the cap previously set in Carpinteria. 

“In Carpinteria, there is not a difference of opinion between the pro-cannabis crowd and the one that is critical of cannabis,” stated Williams, “We want effective, enforced odor control as quickly as possible.”

Williams’ proposals, both passed unanimously, were broken into three actions. First, the county is to impose an immediate nuisance abatement requiring that legal actions be taken against known odor vectors, especially in proximity to schools, in the Carpinteria Valley. With more effective odor control, Williams hopes that the conflict will subside, “we can achieve a community where we can live together and have prosperity in the ag-sphere but also have a reduction and/or an elimination of nuisance for the residential sphere.”

Williams’ second push was to require that by the day after Labor Day any nonconforming operators in the Coastal Zone must have effective odor control systems to continue qualifying for the Article 10 exemption, stating that “this idea came from folks critical of marijuana.”

In his third action, Williams called for the county to move up the timeline for odor control requirements, requiring that cannabis growers demonstrate odor control at the time they apply for a conditional use permit and/or a business license. “To me, moving odor control up in the process, through the permitting, is a no-brainer,” stated Williams.

While Williams’ motions for odor control passed with general support from all supervisors, the question of capping cultivation county-wide created slightly more fray, with Dennis Bozanich, deputy county CEO, warning that caps can sometimes allow a legal grey area where business owners can utilize the permitting process to “gobbl(e) up entitlement and ace out their competition.”

Ultimately, supervisors voted in favor of a cap. Staff were instructed to set the cap using a canopy for the amount of acres in the cannabis cultivation permit application pipeline as of July 9, the date of the last supervisors meeting when the vote should have taken place were it not for an extensive public comment period and a power outage. As of July 9, there were 207 applicants for land use permits. The proposed acreage will be voted on for approval at the next Board of Supervisors meeting on August 13.

(5) comments

Russell

In response to Carp resident (Thank You for participating and I wish more people used this feature) I live less than 100 feet from Everbloom that was at one time the largest Cannabis farm in the Valley. Since they installed their odor control over a year ago, I smell absolutely nothing. Throughout the Valley odor has improved tremendously. We all want to eliminate those who are causing problems for our responsible farmers and it will happen soon. I am a retired water, land use and environmental law attorney. I have read everything in this 2 year debate and I find no credibility to the health claims, either from Cannabis odor or from the odor control operations. I was very well trained to question claims like this. Show me reliable evidence and you may get somewhere but it does not exist here. Das did a great job last week to accelerate mandatory odor control. Most of the anti-Cannabis crowd do not want to give him any credit for instituting the first cap on acreage in our County. No outdoor anywhere in the Valley. If anyone has ever smelled a large outdoor farm, God forbid if they had allowed that in the Carpinteria Valley. Everyone would be up in arms. Those who criticize Das's efforts are uniformed and/or ungrateful. This too shall pass. Give it a year and we can go back to complaining about something else.

Carp resident

As long as they are allowed to open their vents it is going to stink. Likewise,the use of other chemical agents to reduce the odor without knowing the health risks involved is exremely risky. The solution is to require that greenhouses be closed systems, with their own HVAC systems, so they don't open the vents. Any discharge has to be filtered. Other jusisdictions require that, so why didn't SB County?

Russell

I shared a reasonable reply and it is not posted. Don't tell me Coastal is advocating censorship just like Nextdoor. Give me a break!!!

Russell

Who is the censor? I would like to discuss that with whomever it is and maybe the Owner. You have am important role in journalism in our community and you do not get to exercise that place without consequence.

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Russell, no comments have been removed from this thread. Your original comment from July 19 appears, followed by a response from ‘Carp Resident.’ Your response at 8:09 am on July 21 appears.  Your next two posts at 7:30 pm and 7:33 pm are also visible. No comments have been edited or denied from this thread. —CVN

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