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CA: Future Of Cannabis Operations In Santa Barbara County Detailed In New Report

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The possible future of cannabis operations in Santa Barbara County is detailed in a 308-page Environment Impact Report (EIR) released by county officials.

In Nov. 2016, the majority of California voters agreed to allow recreational cannabis across the state. State officials created regulations for the county and other jurisdictions to develop their own ordinances to allow or prohibit cannabis growing and distribution.

The EIR by the Planning and Development department looks at various cannabis related activities and impacts to neighborhoods and the general health, safety, and welfare of the community.

"There are some impacts we cannot mitigate in the EIR based on cannabis activities. These have to do with noise, traffic, and air quality," said Jessica Metzger, a senior planner with Santa Barbara County Planning and Development.

Other impacts may be able to be mitigated with "additional development standards," according to Metzger. Those standards could include lighting and fencing for grows and increased security and video systems for dispensaries.

Cannabis cultivation would most likely be allowed in agricultural zones and industrial areas. But, Metzer said, "this is not a done deal by any means."

The public is allowed to comment until Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

The final draft of the EIR will be presented to planning commissioners in January after the final draft process and input from the community.

The planning commissioners will take the final draft and make their recommendations to the County Board Supervisors in February 2018. A final decision on whether to allow or prohibit cannabis activities in the county is expected in February 2018.



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