County Supervisor Janet Wolf
Calls for Limiting Number of Acres for Cultivation
Thursday, August 10, 2017
County Supervisor Janet Wolf continues to push for more transparency in the rule-making process now underway in Santa Barbara County to regulate the burgeoning cannabis industry. In a recent mass email, she urged her constituents to weigh in on the Environmental Impact Report taking public comment until Friday, August 11.
Since the draft ordinance “has the potential to allow a very broad range of activities associated with marijuana in many zone districts,” she wrote, “it is crucial that residents” offer input, questions, or concerns.
Normalizing marijuana has long been a progressive issue. And, in Santa Barbara County, so has controlled growth. Now, for some, they are colliding.
Already, nearly half the estimated 400 acres of cannabis grown in Santa Barbara County is under cultivation in Carpinteria, according to the county’s self-reported registry.
Though many cannabis professionals dismiss Wolf as outright opposed to cannabis, she disagrees. “I’m not the dictator of marijuana use,” she said in a recent interview. Wolf stressed that the Eastern Goleta Valley Community Plan took seven years to complete. “I don’t think there was ever the notion our very few small ag parcels would be converted to marijuana…
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