Cannabis Wire, January 10, 2020

With Governor Gavin Newsom’s 2020-21 budget, big changes are coming for the state’s nascent, legal cannabis market — also the nation’s largest. 

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During the most recent Santa Barbara County Planning Commission hearing where Blair Pence, CEO of the Santa Barbara Coalition for Responsible Cannabis, submitted documentation claiming that cannabis terpenes have an adverse effect on grapes for wine production. His statement was met with a strong rebuttal by opposing counsel presenting the results of an independent study showing no trace of cannabis terpenes in wine.

December 4, 2019, Santa Barbara County Planning Commission Meeting

Watch the presentation from the hearing (1:35 min) and read the lab results:

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said in a Veterans Day message that “protecting care for our wounded warriors and giving vets recovering from PTSD and chronic pain safer alternatives to opioids through medical cannabis should be a top priority.”

Read Rep. Blumenauer’s White Paper Rethinking Marijuana Policy

Santa Ynez Valley News, November 7, 2019

More than a year after Prop. 64’s passage, marijuana rules are a patchwork throughout the [Santa Barbara] county.

We’re not sure how this problem can be resolved, other than somehow unifying the rules. We are sure that something must be done, if state and local governments want to eliminate black-market operations.

If they don’t, the tax-revenue benefits of legalizing marijuana will be devoured by black-market profiteers undermining the legal market, and law enforcement agencies spending big bucks trying to stop them.

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Santa Maria Sun, November 6, 2019

How much time do you think Santa Barbara County has to waste on appeals to cannabis projects? 

If the county Planning Commission’s nine-hour hearing on Oct. 30 is any indication, apparently county staffers just have a ton of idle time to spend listening to people whine about cannabis. Yeah, guys. Nine hours. On one item. 

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Santa Barbara Independent, November 5, 2019

There’s a long history of people putting weed in wine. You basically just add a bunch of heated cannabis flowers to fermenting wine, let it sit for five days, strain out the leaves, then allow the batch to age another 8 to 12 months. There’s a little more to it than that, but it’s pretty simple. And totally illegal.

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Noozhawk, November 5, 2019

The first year of voter-approved cannabis tax revenues brought in $6.7 million for Santa Barbara County, which is higher than expected, and the Board of Supervisors decided not to spend the surplus yet.

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Green Entrepreneur, November 4, 2019

Carpinteria, Calif., once blossomed with chrysanthemums, lilies, and hydrangea, but the market for American-grown cut flowers started to wither under the spell of cheaper imports.

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Lompoc Record, November 2, 2019

Flush with cannabis tax revenues that came in more than $1 million higher than estimated for the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will consider a range of purchases and projects to spend the money on at Tuesday’s meeting in Santa Barbara.

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Santa Maria Times, October 31, 2019

After a nearly eight-hour public hearing where 45 individuals spoke, the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission delayed a decision on an appeal of a permit for a cannabis cultivation operation near Buellton.

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