Santa Barbara Gathers Community Input on Cannabis Retail Licenses
Santa Barbara County is looking for feedback on licensing criteria for retail cannabis businesses. A new merit-based scoring system was adopted by the county in January.
Community members from the unincorporated town of Orcutt weighed in on Thursday, July 9. One resident, Joe Dana, said cannabis businesses should be kept on the periphery of Orcutt, as the town is “a very family oriented community.”
Assistant CEO Barney Melekian said the county is aware of the sensitive nature of this issue and promised a transparent process. The county has been embroiled in controversy over its cannabis cultivation policies.
The Orcutt gathering was one of six community feedback meetings being held on the issue this month. Meetings have been held for Isla Vista, Santa Ynez, and Toro Canyon/Summerland. There is a meeting for Goleta on July 15 and one for Los Alamos on July 16.