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Santa Barbara County Supervisors Considering Response To Critical Grand Jury Report Over Cannabis

Santa Barbara County Supervisors are considering a strong response to a County Grand Jury report which is highly critical of the way the county has handled the regulation of the cannabis industry.

The Grand Jury asserted that the county didn’t adequately assess the impacts of cannabis production on the health and welfare of county residents.  It claims the amount of production being allowed is excessive for the size of the county.   And, it says the county was less than transparent in its actions.

The County has developed an 11 page response to the Grand Jury.  The response includes the assertion that the county has met legal requirements regulating the industry, and held more than 40 public meetings in the process.

The response disagrees with the Grand Jury finding that the amount of cannabis production is excessive.  It also challenges findings that the county was less than transparent with all of its dealings.  Santa Barbara County Supervisors will look at the proposed response when they meet Tuesday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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