Carpinteria’s vibrant ag economy is here to stay, thanks to cannabis, and I thank our county supervisors for having the foresight to let it grow. We have an abundance of greenhouse farms as part of our local landscape. That existing infrastructure was made to grow plants.

The success of our well-respected ag growers depends on their ability to meet the challenges of a changing ag economy and a win for them is a win for us. Cannabis has boosted our economy without new development or changing the way we live. We were ready-made to handle this exciting industry and have reaped the benefits. Aside from hundreds of local jobs, I’ve seen many property improvements on lands surrounding the farms and the appearance of new life in our agricultural sector.

I am afraid to think about what Carpinteria would be without a robust ag economy, and thanks to cannabis, I have nothing to fear.

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