Greenhouse farms in Carpinteria Valley are major economic providers. There are a few people in town who can’t look past the stigma of the plant to see the great benefits of cannabis farming in the valley. We should be proud to ride the green wave and seize the opportunity. It’s an environmentally friendly industry full of reputable business leaders. We should thank our farmers for being pioneers, and for not selling off greenhouse properties to developers.

There’s nothing wrong with reaping the benefits of a newly legal crop. It doesn’t hurt Carpinteria’s reputation. Ten years from now, when the dust is all settled, I hope we haven’t blown it. In 10 years, nobody will be worried about cannabis, but some agricultural town (hopefully Carpinteria) will be growing it and keeping the money there.

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