KEYT, July 9, 2019

Citizens from a number of residential, business and agricultural areas with specific interests in the cannabis industry spoke out strongly to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

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Noozhawk, July 9, 2019

Tuesday’s cannabis hearing before the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors attracted so many people that overflow seating was set up in the lobby. The crowd still spilled outside the government administration building in Santa Maria. 

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The Hill, July 6, 2019

Lawmakers legalized the use of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products late last year in the farm bill, sending the agency scrambling to figure out new rules around regulating a unique product that is both a drug and a dietary supplement.

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New York Times, July 3, 2019

Travel entrepreneurs are organizing marijuana-infused experiences, including painting classes, bus tours and food classes.

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San Francisco Chronicle, July 2, 2019

California recently rolled out its “Get #weedwise” campaign in an effort to stamp out black-market cannabis products in the state. The campaign is an important measure to support the California industry, but the state should be looking elsewhere for sustainable and long-term solutions to this issue: the federal government. 

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Santa Barbara Independent, June 27, 2019

When it comes to cleaning up Santa Barbara County’s environment, greenhouse cannabis growers are leading the way. Without a doubt, the switchover from cut flowers to cannabis has dramatically reduced pesticide use in the county. Unlike any other crop, the standards for cannabis are nearly zero tolerance for dozens of pesticides and chemicals known to cause human health issues.

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Santa Barbara Independent, June 27, 2019

Santa Barbara’s cannabis farms implement one of the cleanest innovative pest control methods in horticulture. The standards for cannabis are nearly zero tolerance for dozens of pesticides and chemicals known to cause human health issues. Meanwhile, neighboring produce farms consistently spray harmful synthetic pesticides from helicopters, including one which has been deemed toxic to bees, birds, fish, mammals, and humans by the EPA. These pesticides often drift into nearby ranches and neighborhoods, putting the health of our community at risk.

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UPI, June 27, 2019

“Cannabis-related jobs have increased 110 percent in just three years and are expected to keep growing,” effectively making it one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. This has resulted in over 211,000 cannabis-related jobs as of 2018. These well-paying, high-benefit jobs set cannabis businesses apart from the agricultural industry as a whole, with some states averaging around $29.62 an hour.

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Santa Barbara Independent, June 19, 2019

What set Monday night’s testimonials apart was the strong showing by growers and members of the industry, many of whom have kept low profiles for fear of being discharged by their federally regulated banks. Numerous members of the Van Wingerden and Brand families showed and testified on behalf of a crop they embraced only after international trade decimated their cut-flower business. In contrast to what they used to grow, they argued, cannabis used no pesticides, less energy, and less water. They needed fewer trucks and could pay their workers better. And when it came to area nonprofits, no other donors, they pointed out, were as consistent or as generous.

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Flaunt, May 2, 2019

“Here I am, a pioneer and maverick of cannabis advocacy and action. Somebody whose life has become one hundred percent possible because of cannabis,” explains Sara Rotman, a former New York fashion designer responsible for such iconic designs as the Tory Burch logo. Sara found herself making an unlikely career change after seeking treatment for her debilitating chronic illness.

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