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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KPIX 5 CBS, August 31, 2019

Santa Rosa Junior College will become the first community college in the state next year to develop a certificate and degree program in the cultivation of hemp, a strain of sativa cannabis. In spring 2020, students may take hemp-focused courses within SRJC’s Sustainable Agriculture and Horticulture programs. “One of our top priorities is ensuring our career education programs align with current industry trends,” SRJC’s Dean of Agriculture Benjamin Goldstein said.

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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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Santa Maria Sun, August 21, 2019

The Sonoma County-based Wine Industry Network held its third annual Wine and Weed Symposium in August, where leaders from both industries assembled to discuss how they can work together and learn from one another. But tensions need to cool in Santa Barbara County before widespread collaboration is a possibility. It’s still early in this process, but 5th District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino hopes people begin to feel better as the county starts rejecting unfit projects and approving solid ones. 

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Santa Ynez Valley Star, August 20, 2019

Council staff will perform additional research and draft an ordinance to allow cannabis testing and analysis laboratories within city limits, after weighing Council members concerns for allowing new cannabis-related activities along with the possible benefit of job creation..

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Noozhawk, August 20, 2019

Cannabis farms will have to use odor- control systems earlier in the permitting process, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors decided Tuesday after years of nuisance complaints from neighbors of marijuana farms. The supervisors also unanimously voted to deny an appeal by Maureen Claffey, with the Concerned Carpinterians community group, of a Carpinteria Valley cannabis farm at 3561 Foothill Road.

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