Noozhawk, September 12, 2019

The local wine and cannabis industries should unite to catapult Santa Barbara County into a spot as a top tourism destination, speakers said Wednesday night during a forum in Buellton. 

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Lomopac Record, September 12, 2019

An overflow crowd of vineyard owners and cannabis growers as well as other agriculturists and county officials packed the Industrial Eats ballroom in Buellton for a panel discussion of a potential joint tourism marketing effort.

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Santa Ynez Valley News, September 10, 2019

America often seems to be a place in search of a bit of solid middle ground. That requires compromise, which these days is in short supply.

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Lompoc Record, September 7, 2019

“Our ‘Together We Thrive Community Forum’ is the first in a series to learn and understand the best practices and strategies that will promote tourism and economic growth for both the wine and cannabis industries,” said Sara Rotman, co-chair of the North County Farmers Guild and Good Farmers Great Neighbors.

For more information and to reserve a seat at the forum, visit

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Santa Ynez Valley News, September 5, 2019

A recent guest commentary by Sharyne Merritt about capping per-parcel cannabis acreage contained statements that need some clarification.

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New York Times, August 31, 2019

The legalization of marijuana as a medicine in 33 states, 11 of which allow its use as a recreational drug, has made weed a dynamic American industry, among the economy’s fastest-growing sources of new jobs.

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The Press Democrat, August 26, 2019

Four decades ago, the agricultural commissioner of Mendocino County created a maelstrom when he included cannabis on the county’s annual crop report, estimating its value at a whopping $90 million, second only to timber.

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The Press Democrat, August 23, 2019

Cannabis will one day be on the list of top draws for North Coast visitors, many in the industry say. Entrepreneurs putting down stakes in the region’s nascent legal industry are banking on it. But big obstacles remain.

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Santa Barbara Independent, August 22, 2019

Graham Farrar might have been the classic all-American boy next door, the hardworking kid who mowed neighbors’ lawns in the afternoon and delivered their newspapers in the morning. He might even have grown up to become the doctor that both he and his parents thought he would.

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