marijuana

(U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The Coast Guard made an unusual recovery from the ocean off of Southern California, in the form of dozens of bales of marijuana. 43 bales of marijuana worth about a million dollars were recovered from the water near Catalina. The bales had been wrapped in plastic to protect them marijuana from the ocean.

Impacts from the cannabis industry in Santa Barbara County will be addressed by the city of Carpinteria on Monday.

That comes as a result of a controversial article in the LA Times that says more cannabis is grown in Carpinteria than is needed by the entire state, and that the world's largest pot farms are near the small town.

(San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office photo)

A crackdown on some unlicensed cannabis operations on the Central and South Coasts has resulted in the seizure of thousands of marijuana plants, and hundreds of pounds of the drug packaged for sale.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team served search warrants in Los Olivos, Lompoc, Montecito, and Carpinteria.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Public Health Department

Santa Barbara County public health officials are launching an initiative to educate the public about the potential dangers of marijuana.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s digital and social media-based cannabis education campaign includes a series of videos that uses science-based research to target teens and their parents.

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Law enforcement officers say they’ve busted a cannabis cultivation facility on the Central Coast operating with a fraudulent permit.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office investigators say the large scale operation was on the 2000 block of Wild Oak Road near Lompoc.

They say they were caught off guard.

Longtime residents of areas including the Carpinteria Valley and near Solvang say new cannabis farms have popped up, bringing with them new concerns.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

It’s being called one of the largest illegal marijuana seizures in recent memory in Santa Barbara County. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives say they found an estimated 400,000 plants growing in the Santa Maria Valley.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Authorities in Santa Barbara County say their just completed illegal marijuana eradication season led to the seizure and destruction of more than 100,000 plants.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office investigators say they took out nine fields in the Los Padres National Forest. While numerous camps and even guns were found, no arrests were made.

Photo by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Authorities seized thousands of illegal marijuana plants during the third day of their sweep in rural areas of the Central Coast.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say on Friday, detectives served a search warrant on a suspected illegal marijuana cultivation site near Sisquoc and another near Lompoc. These sites did not have any licenses from the state or the county to operate legally.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)

A tip about a possible illegal marijuana growing operation in Ventura County has led to the discovery of thousands of plants.

Ventura County Sheriff’s investigators say after gathering enough information to get a search warrant, they raided three properties on Maple Road and South Ventu Park Road in Thousand Oaks.

Detectives say two men arrested for robbing a marijuana cultivation facility on the South Coast this week were also responsible for a robbery at the same place in June.

Investigators say a group of robbers broke into the facility on the 1500 block of Casitas Pass Road in Carpinteria early Wednesday morning, and pepper sprayed an employee before fleeing in a rented van. They were stopped and arrested a short time later in Ventura.

The City of Santa Barbara selected three businesses that will now be allowed to sell recreational marijuana within city limits.

Those businesses are Golden State Greens, Pharmacy SB, and Coast Dispensary.

Detectives are being very tight lipped about an armed robbery which targeted a marijuana growing facility in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say four armed men confronted a security guard at the Carpinteria area facility early Saturday morning, and held him at gunpoint.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office photo)

18 men were arrested, and 120 bales of marijuana were seized after a panga boat landed on the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the boat on a beach just east of Gaviota early Saturday morning.

The deputies stopped four vehicles in the area, arresting the 18 men, and seizing about 3,000 pounds worth of marijuana.

Business license fees have been given a preliminary approval by Santa Barbara County, to cover the costs for several departments to review cannabis operations.

The board of supervisors says there could be 150 applications coming in.

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