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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Santa Maria Times, August 17, 2019

Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors discussion will be all about cannabis when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Santa Barbara.

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NPR, August 14, 2019

The UCSB economics study of Santa Barbara County’s cannabis industry suggests the county’s wine is valued at about $120 million, while its cannabis is worth about $180 million, but on a tiny fraction of the land. As the county positions itself to earn significant tax dollars from cannabis, crop farmers, winegrowers and cannabis cultivators are learning to live and work as neighbors .

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LA Weekly, August 14, 2019

A new national advocacy organization – the Global Alliance for Cannabis Commerce (GACC)- has launched in Los Angeles to advocate and educate lawmakers on the path towards federal cannabis legalization. Recent estimates suggest a cannabis market worth over $200 billion in the next decade. Without progressive federal legal policy, Americans and Angelenos may not be able to participate nationally in the benefits associated with the eventual ending of prohibition.

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Santa Ynez Valley News, August 13, 2019

Three branch libraries won’t have to cut hours or reduce programs after the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to make up deficits in their operating budgets totaling $68,447 by using cannabis tax revenues.

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Seven Fifty Daily, August 12, 2019

Citing figures from Colorado, Washington, and Oregon, the first three U.S. states to legalize adult-use (recreational) cannabis, Beck pointed out that wine sales have remained relatively steady since legal marijuana sales began. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, which studied sales of spirits, beer, and wine as it related to cannabis, per capita sales of wine increased 3.2 percent in Colorado and 0.7 percent in Oregon.

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Santa Barbara Business News, August 8, 2019

Panelists spoke to a packed crowd of about 100 cannabis industry enthusiasts last week. Autumn Shelton, of Autumn Brands in Carpinteria, said her company has successfully reduced odors that have many Carpinteria residents up in arms. As she called for industry members to fight the “lies and propaganda” put forth by cannabis detractors who believe nothing can be done about cannabis crop odors, she said someday they will go away while other food crop odors will persist.

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Marijuana Business Daily, July 25, 2019

Despite setbacks and hurdles, the longtime agricultural community in Santa Barbara embraced the marijuana industry – especially on the cultivation side – and that success has created both snags and promising business opportunities.

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