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Marijuana legalization promises jobs in Missouri. But how many?

ST. LOUIS - Missouri voters will decide in November whether they want to allow recreational cannabis in the state, an issue that has typically come with promises of leafy, green economic uplift.

If voters legalize pot for recreational use, some local cannabis businesses say their workforce would increase, or even double. And unlike the rest of the economy, still wracked with staffing shortages, it appears there’s a supply of candidates eager to work in the industry.

“We are seeing a huge demand for people who want to work in this space,” said John Pennington, co-founder and CEO of Rock Hill-based retailer and manufacturer Proper Cannabis.

Experts and industry officials credit the legalization of recreational marijuana with growing jobs from Colorado to Illinois. In Missouri, advocates say much the same: And while the numbers are hard to pin down and unlikely to be transformative, marijuana businesses will certainly have to scale up if voters approve Amendment 3.

States that have legalized recreational marijuana have generally seen some swift hiring at first, said Alison Felix, a senior policy adviser at the Denver branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve.

“They’re looking to hire, open retail stores, grow product and manufacture edibles. You immediately need to hire quite a few workers,” Felix said. “Then as the industry starts to mature, which can certainly take several years, you see it growing at a much more moderate pace.”

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Germany’s Blueprint for Cannabis reform has been leaked: Here’s what it says

At long last, Germany is moving forward with legal cannabis.

A blueprint of the reform was leaked through RND newspaper group and translated by Politico, stating that cannabis will be decriminalized, allowing for its purchase, possession and cultivation. Any advertising promoting cannabis, however, would be banned.

Under the reported plan, adults will be able to buy as much as 20 grams of cannabis sold in shops. There’s a chance marijuana could also be sold in pharmacies and specialty shops like coffee houses.

Some of the proposed limitations include that cannabis will have a THC limit of 15 per cent. And in the case of young adults, aged 18 to 21, they will be able to buy marijuana with a 10 per cent limit of THC.

The plan also makes it clear that cannabis sold in Germany must be produced domestically, sidestepping any international law issues and avoiding conflict.

While many are reportedly celebrating the country’s decision, several German politicians have voiced concerns that the plan is too restrictive.

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Detroit Receives 90 Applications for 60 available Marijuana Licenses, including Retail

The city of Detroit received 90 applications for the 60 recreational marijuana licenses available in the first round, which include licenses for dispensaries, microbusinesses and consumption lounges.

Fifty non-equity and 40 equity applications were submitted by the deadline of Oct. 1, with 28 of the 40 equity applicants qualifying for Detroit Legacy status as well, Kim James, director of Detroit's office of marijuana ventures and entrepreneurship, said Wednesday.

The city will issue a total of 160 licenses in three phases. The 60 licenses that will be awarded in the first phase include 40 retail, 10 microbusiness and 10 consumption lounge licenses. Detroit started accepting applications for unlimited licenses — such as for growing or processing cannabis — in April.

Half of all the limited licenses are set aside for "equity applicants." Equity applicants include people who live in communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement. Equity applicants also include those with certified Detroit Legacy status currently living in Detroit or another disproportionately impacted community.

Detroit has faced multiple legal challenges over this piece of its ordinance. After two lawsuits that challenged the ordinance were dismissed in August, the city moved forward with opening its application process for the limited licenses on Sept 1.

Another lawsuit was filed at the end of last month in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, though. That lawsuit claimed the ordinance gave an unfair preference to longtime Detroiters.

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Creating Space for a Forgotten Group of Cannabis Founders

Cannabis is one of America’s fastest-growing sectors – but it’s leaving out most Americans.

Indeed, cannabis remains a mostly white, male world. Last year, MJBizDaily found that only about 20% of cannabis businesses in the U.S. are owned by women. And in three states where robust data was available – Colorado, Michigan and Nevada – between 63% and 84% of cannabis firms were owned by white people.

In particular, Indigenous entrepreneurs are getting left behind in the industry’s uptick – MJBizDaily says they comprised between only 0.4% and 2.5% of cannabis entrepreneurs in the states studied. Worse, Indigenous founders are, at times, taken advantage of by government entities and industry gatekeepers alike.

And folks like Mary Jane Oatman, of the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho, are sick of it. 

Oatman is the executive director of the newly formed Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association, a nonprofit based in Cambridge, Wisconsin. It aims to bring together current and prospective Indigenous entrepreneurs, working within the 37 states where cannabis is already legalized, to encourage tribes to embrace cannabis startups as a means of economic opportunity.

But the ICIA also wants the wider world to know about, and respect, these business owners. “Tribal cannabis advocacy is not loud enough,” Oatman, also the founder of Tribal Hemp and Cannabis Magazine, says, “not in individual states, and not on a federal level.” Especially when you consider that “tribal business owners are uniquely positioned to … add value to the industry, because many of our cultivators … have been plant-touching for” generations.

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Cannabis License winners in CT spent big to come out on top

Winners of CT cannabis licenses spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve chances in lottery.

The businesses that won approval for licenses to grow and sell cannabis in Connecticut spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in total to submit thousands of applications to improve their chances of being selected in the lottery.

The winning applicants for retail and micro-cultivator licenses flooded the lottery system with entries, according to new data from the state Department of Consumer Protection. Take retail licenses as example. SLAP ASH LLC, which lists a business address in Glastonbury, accounted for 850 of the 8,360 applications submitted to the social equity lottery in the initial round, ultimately winning approval for two licenses. 

In another example, Jananii LLC, which like SLAP ASH spent over $200,000 to submit more than 800 lottery entries, to won approval for a retail license. The company, which lists a business address in Clarksburg, Maryland, has yet to receive a provisional license. Social equity applicants not selected in that lottery were able to enter the general lottery. 

Application fees vary depending on license type with the price of an entry for a social equity applicant to the retail lottery costing $250. Winning applicants must also pay licensing fees after passing background checks and other reviews. 

Critics of Connecticut’s process for selecting cannabis licensees had warned that with unlimited entries allowed, the lottery system would favor multi-state corporations and wealthy individuals who would submit an outsized number of applications. Most license types are awarded through a lottery system with half of all licenses reserved for equity applicants who apply through a separate lottery from non-equity applicants. Several applicants denied equity status are suing the state over its licensing process. 

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Marijuana use is becoming the new normal, according to data

Cannabis consumers are increasing across legal states, with polls showing that they’ll soon become the new normal.

Marijuana’s increase in popularity continues to surprise everyone over the age of 18, with a new poll showing that the drug is well on its way to becoming the new normal.

The numbers, reported by a study from the University of Michigan, show that more and more young adults living in legal states are regularly consuming marijuana.

The data shows that over two-fifths of young adults across the nation consume cannabis occasionally. These figures are growing alongside the number of states that are legalizing the drug, which now stands at 19.

Researchers also share that the jump in numbers is driven in large percentages by women. The study’s data show that this change is a marked departure from the numbers belonging to previous generations, when men were the principal marijuana consumers, or, at least the ones who were open with polls about their cannabis habits.

Young cannabis smokers in Colorado and Washington, DC are about to overcome the majority on nonsmokers. In Vermont, which legalized marijuana this month, young smokers are already the majority.

The Hill spoke with several young adults from states where cannabis is on the ballot in November, who shared why they enjoyed marijuana and why their generation was so open to its use. “It really helps with sleep,” said Allison. “It’s great for stress, anxiety. And my generation has huge anxiety problems.”

Earlier this month, the Biden administration issued a pardon for non-violent cannabis offenses, asking governors and state leaders to follow their lead. Per Biden, one of the main reasons behind the pardons is social justice, hoping to benefit minorities and those who’ve been impacted by the war on drugs.

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Marijuana legalization could complicate drug-sniffing work by police K9s

With legalization of marijuana on the ballot in November, some in Frederick County law enforcement might see changes in their job descriptions — narcotics K-9s.

K-9s can be trained in different skills, such as tracking people, identifying guns and physical apprehension. Narcotics K-9s are trained in identifying various substances such as heroin, fentanyl and marijuana.

A possible change in the state constitution through a referendum would legalize the use of marijuana for any individual who is at least 21. If passed, it would take effect July 1, 2023.

Agencies like the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office stopped training their dogs in identifying marijuana in 2014, when possession of less than 10 grams was decriminalized, said Capt. Jeff Eyler, the agency’s patrol operations commander.

The agency saw that Maryland could potentially make marijuana fully legal in the coming years, so it proactively stopped marijuana training, he said.

The sheriff’s office had concerns about probable cause on searches, he said.

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Switzerland fully legalises medicinal cannabis

Philippe Reich, partner, and Tiziana Hongler, associate, supported by Tanya Adams and Anna Bachmann at Baker McKenzie in Zurich, investigate a significant development in modernising Switzerland’s legislation on cannabis

On August 1, 2022, Swiss National Day, Switzerland’s revised Narcotics Act (NarcA) entered into force. The revision aims at facilitating medical treatments and improving research and development of cannabis.

Prior to the revised law, patients and physicians had to apply for special authorisation from the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) if they wanted to access cannabis for medical purposes. The amendment will allow numerous patients safe and timely access to cannabis medicines as part of their treatment regime.

According to a study by the Institute for Addiction and Health Research carried out on behalf of the FOPH, 96% of participants reported that the consumption of medicinal cannabis led to an improvement of their symptoms. In light of cannabis’s potential as a medical treatment and the surge in applications and high approval rates of the FOPH in the last few years, the costly and time-consuming procedure physicians and patients had to undergo to obtain authorisation for treatment with medicinal products containing cannabis was no longer justified. This led to the latest revision of the NarcA, which focuses on the legalisation of medicinal cannabis, making cultivation, processing, production and trade thereof subject to the authorisation procedure of Swissmedic in the same way as other narcotics that are used in a medical context.

Key takeaways

The main features of the amendment include the following:

Every licensed physician is now able to prescribe medicinal products containing cannabis as part of the general principle of therapeutic freedom, and special authorization by the FOPH is no longer requiredThe cultivation, production, processing and trade of medicinal cannabis is now subject to the authorisation procedure of SwissmedicA two-stage authorisation procedure has been established for the cultivation of cannabis plants for medicinal purposes

Background

Prior to the enactment of the revised law, cannabis with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels of 1% and above were classified as prohibited narcotics in Switzerland. As a result, cannabis with THC levels of 1% and above could not be cultivated, produced, imported or placed on the market. This limited the medicinal use of cannabis, which was subject to a case-by-case authorisation requirement from the FOPH.

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At the two year mark Missouri Marijuana sales have brought in $500 million in revenue at retail

Today marks two years since the first legal marijuana sale in the state of Missouri.

The beginning of marijuana in Missouri was measured in weeks.

In the first two weeks of sales, Missouri dispensaries sold $345,890.00 worth of medical marijuana.

The following month, Missourians made $1.9 million in purchases at legal dispensaries around the state.

Last month, patients with medical marijuana certifications averaged $1.14 million in combined purchases per day.

The growth of the legal marijuana industry in Missouri has been rapid.

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Global Hemp Seeds Market Size to Grow at a CAGR of 11.20%

Hemp seeds are widely mainly used in textiles, fabrics in the form of fibres, automotive parts, building materials, and other products.

There are many health benefits of hemp seeds, including increasing metabolism, boosting immunity, and reducing inflammation and chronic pain. The market for hemp seeds is anticipated to be driven by the increasing demand for hemp oil in the food, pharmaceutical and personal care markets in the forecast period.

Some of the key regions in the global hemp seeds market are predicted to be Europe and North America. One of the top consumers in the global market is North America, due to its several application industries. In addition, the North America personal care market is anticipated to see a rise in demand for hemp oil. This is due to high consumer disposable income levels, a growing geriatric population, and increasing concerns about skin diseases and UV protection.

Hemp Seeds Industry Definition and Major Segments

A part of the Cannabis Sativa plant, hemp seeds refer to the small and brown seeds of the plant that comprise of a significantly high volume of healthy fats, protein, minerals, and fibres. In the hemp seeds market, the hemp seeds are easily available as whole seeds, hemp oil, shelled seeds, and protein powders.

Based on form, the market is segmented into:

• Whole
• Hulled
• Seed Oil
• Protein Powder

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Cannabis-Infused Fine Dining At Secret Supper Club

Choose your potency and kick back for courses on courses of delicious infused dishes.

Edibles are great and all, but sometimes, we crave something more luxurious. 

What’s more luxurious than a 10-course meal at a fine dining restaurant in the heart of Los Angeles?

But here’s the twist, these 10 courses were infused with potent cannabis extract. Plus, this place is so secretive that you even need a membership and password to get in. 

We’re talking about the renowned, rebellious, and delicious Secret Supper Club, brought to you by Chris Sayegh, also known as The Herbal Chef. 

Chris Sayegh's Secret Supper Club

One meal at Secret Supper Club sets you back around $295 per person. Plus, you can only get in with a membership that costs $1,000. 

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What are the top risks facing cannabis businesses in the US?

The cannabis industry in the US is growing at such a rapid rate that sales of regulated marijuana have eclipsed those of a prominent coffee brand.

Recent research by MJBiz – a media company focusing on the cannabis and hemp industries – has found.

Data gathered by the news outlet revealed that sales of licensed recreational and medical cannabis throughout the country have topped $27 billion in 2021, about a third more than the $20.5 billion generated by Starbucks.

This is despite customers being able to purchase the coffee giant’s products in all 50 states, compared to just 39 states, along with the District of Columbia, where marijuana can be legally obtained.

The study also showed the cannabis sector’s 30% year-on-year growth outpacing that of Starbucks, which saw revenue increase 25% during the company’s 2021 fiscal year.

A separate analysis by cannabis market research firm BDSA, meanwhile, has predicted that US sales of regulated marijuana to hit $42 billion in 2026. During the period, the nation will account for 75% of the global market share.

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Uber Eats to deliver pot

Uber Eats customers in Toronto will be able to order cannabis starting Monday, thanks to a new partnership with Leafly.

Why it matters: It's the first time that marijuana delivery will be available through a major third party delivery platform, such as Uber, according to Leafly.

How it works: Those in Toronto aged 19 years old and over will be able to order in the app as they would from a restaurant, although when searching for cannabis users will be warned they must be of legal age.

However, deliveries will be made by the cannabis retailer's staff rather than an independent driver.Those delivering the order will also verify a customer's age and sobriety, in order to conform to Canadian law.The program will begin with three retailers: Hidden Leaf Cannabis, Minerva Cannabis and Shivaa’s Rose.

Between the lines: Uber had previously partnered with a retailer in Ontario, Canada to allow customers to order cannabis, but under that deal they had to pick up their order themselves.

What they're saying:

Uber Eats Canada general manager Lola Kassim: "We are partnering with industry leaders like Leafly to help retailers offer safe, convenient options for people in Toronto to purchase legal cannabis for delivery to their homes, which will help combat the illegal market and help reduce impaired driving."Leafly CEO Yoko Miyashita: "Leafly has been empowering the cannabis marketplace in Canada for more than four years and we support more than 200 cannabis retailers in the GTA. We are thrilled to work with Uber Eats to help licenced retailers bring safe, legal cannabis to people across the city."Hidden Leaf owners Marissa and Dale Taylor: "We are a small business and this partnership is a great way for us to expand our reach and grow our business across the city."
 
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Louisiana lawmakers divided over legalizing marijuana

MONROE - Louisiana lawmakers are reacting to calls to legalize marijuana.

It comes after President Joe Biden pardoned thousands convicted of federal possession charges and is reviewing how the drug is classified.

“I have been pretty firm in my opposition to any recreational marijuana, and that hasn’t changed,” State Senator Stewart Cathey of Monroe (R-33) told KNOE.

State Representative Travis Johnson (D-21) says he hasn’t given much thought to legalization, but is open to considering it.

“If it were to become legal, it would definitely be a new and improved and much-needed revenue for our state,” explained Johnson.

Cathay, who represents parts of six Northeast Louisiana parishes, previously voted against a bill to decrease criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of the drug.

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Cannabis ETFs Soar After Biden Pardon

Cannabis-related exchange-traded funds and stocks were lifted this week after President Biden’s pardon on Thursday of those convicted of simple marijuana possession.

The president also called for a review of how marijuana is categorized under federal law, with the moves boosting speculation that a loosening of cannabis restrictions is on the horizon.

Cannabis ETFs offering exposure to the industry in the U.S. have been beaten down badly over the past few years as the industry takes longer than anticipated to develop. Still, they had record gains Thursday after President Biden’s announcement.

The AdvisorShares Pure US Cannabis ETF (MSOS), the first and biggest ETF offering exposure to the U.S. market, gained 33% Thursday. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ) added 20% and the ETFMG U.S. Alternative Harvest ETF (MJUS) rose by 26%. The ETFs rose again earlier Friday before coming down from their highs.

Additionally, shares of cannabis companies such as Canopy Growth Co. and Tilray Brands Inc., which maintain the first- and fourth-largest holdings in MJ, also jumped by approximately 22% and 33%, respectively.

“President Biden’s announcement is obviously tremendously uplifting for the industry,” Jason Wilson, cannabis research and banking expert at ETF Managers Group, told ETF.com in an interview.

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Arizona Cannabis dispensary now open 24 Hours a Day

Mint Cannabis will soon be the first dispensary in Arizona, and one of a handful of dispensaries in the country, to have the ability to offer 24-hour service, 365 days per year to those 21 and older.

The Mint will operate 24-hours a day at this location on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays as a starting point and may expand the extended hours to additional days of the week based on demand.

The celebration of the new, around-the-clock operations will officially start when the clock turns from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13 to midnight on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Mint’s Tempe dispensary on the southwest corner of Baseline Rd. and Priest Dr. (5210 S. Priest Dr.).

The first extended hours offering will take place Friday, Oct. 14, when the clock strikes midnight all the way until 7 a.m. that morning. During this seven-hour timeframe, customers and patients 21 years and older will find a live deejay, a variety of “Midnight Madness” buy-one-get-one deals, and free prizes and giveaways.

Everyone 21 and older who shops at this dispensary location during this 7-hour window will receive 25% off the purchases they make in the entire store. The first 100 people over the age of 21 who shop at this location starting at midnight on Friday, Oct. 14 will receive a medicated goodie bag, and everyone 21 and older who visits the Tempe dispensary between midnight and 7 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 14 will receive a free pre-roll.

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Sustainable Cannabis Packaging, Steps To Consider

Recently, New York regulators unveiled proposed marijuana packaging and labeling rules that include provisions to boost sustainability in the state’s recreational industry. (Benzinga)

A Sustainable Program

As part of its sustainability program, New York requires cannabis businesses to incorporate “at least 25% post-recycled consumer content into their packaging and annually report key metrics on the implementation of their sustainability initiatives.”

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After the state’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) proposed the initial rules and accepted public comments; the New York Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) is now “sifting through the feedback and working on revised regulations that will again go before the CCB for approval once all comments are assessed," said Lyla Hunt, the OCM’ deputy director of public health and campaigns.

“I just want to underscore the balance of the wide array of different critical public policy goals in releasing the packaging and labeling regulations,” Hunt added. “We’re really excited to move the needle and to be leading here on the environmental component. We’re really excited to work to help continue those good efforts.”

Taking Care Of The Environment Is A Priority

As Benzinga previously reported, the draft regulation on the packaging and labeling of marijuana products, with strict provisions, must not be attractive to children. That means the packaging must be child-resistant, tamper-proof, and non-toxic.

Additionally, each package of cannabis, edibles, or concentrates will bear the Universal State Symbol of Approval containing a yellow THC flower in a triangle, with a 21+ symbol in a red circle above the New York State logo. The state label confirms that the product is licensed and legitimate after undergoing laboratory testing.

Since the state began issuing conditional adult marijuana licenses to growers and processors, regulators have been releasing updated guidance as it becomes available to licensees, Hunt said. “When we looked to crafting regulations in New York’s market, we always looked to learn from other states and incorporate best practices [and] lessons learned.”

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From bias to banking, Biden’s pot promises have impact

Welcome to the latest issue of the Dose, which looks at the cannabis industry.

I was in the middle of a phone interview for a psychedelics-related piece late Thursday when the words BIDEN and MARIJUANA flashed across my terminal in a headline from our DC office. Pivot time! Here’s a look at what top executives predict to come from the big news.  

Jury’s still out

President Joe Biden’s call for a review of marijuana’s classification as one of the most dangerous narcotics was the biggest news the industry has had. Ever.

The research-before-regulation approach looks especially smart given what’s going on in some states. California’s Department of Cannabis Control announced last week it will fund $20 million in cannabis-related academic research by the state’s public universities to help look at issues including cannabis potency and health impacts, and a similar review is underway in Colorado.

For cannabis companies, the overarching refrain was that it’s too soon to tell what the actual outcome will be or what impact it will have on their businesses, given the review may take years. 

However, many saw the potential for knock-on effects from Biden’s launch of the review, as well as his decision to pardon marijuana offenses. Indeed, pardoning those convicted of cannabis offenses could lead to new support for legalization. 

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Hemp has the potential to make Scotland's agricultural sector carbon neutral

Hemp has the potential to make Scotland's agricultural sector carbon neutral as well as providing huge economic benefits, a new report has found.

For the first time a detailed analysis has been carried out on the market opportunities for the Scottish hemp sector with time-bound recommendations to revamp the supply chain provided.

Hemp was once widely grown in Scotland and its cultivation dates back more than 6000 years. It has many uses including offsetting carbon dioxide, as a food, and as an eco-friendly fertiliser and pesticide. It is currently being used in building materials, as a biofuel, textile fabric and even as an alternative to plastic. As a food source it is high in protein, fibre and micronutrients, as well as having an exceptional fatty acid profile.

The report is a collaboration involving the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Institute and Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), partnering with the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) and the Scottish Hemp Association (SHA). It analysed the supply chain for hempseed and fibre in Scotland using data collected from farmers predominantly in the north east of Scotland as well as the Borders.

At present the supply chain for Scottish-grown hemp is underdeveloped with no well-established market routes for farmers. The supply chain is also exposed to many threats limiting its development, including low profitability, lack of technical support, weather limitations, lack of financial assistance, and stringent legislation.

Funded by the Scottish Government’s Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services through a Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes (SEFARI)-Gateway fellowship, the study also looked at HMRC trade data as well as Mintel’s Global New Product Development Data. The trade data shows that the UK is a net importer of hempseed and hemp fibre.

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Planning Commission approves 60-acre cannabis cultivation near Santa Maria

A cannabis cultivation project encompassing more than 60 acres southeast of Santa Maria was approved Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission after removing one landscaping requirement.

Commissioners voted 4-1, with Chairman and 1st District Commissioner C. Michael Cooney dissenting, to approve a conditional use permit for Gary Teixeira’s application to grow 60.4 acres of cannabis inside hoop structures along with a 2-acre nursery.

The project represents an expansion of a previously approved 37 acres of cannabis and an expansion and relocation of an existing 1-acre nursery at 4301 Dominion Road, according to a County Planning and Development Department staff report.

Cooney voted “no” on the motion to approve the CUP because it included removing a staff condition requiring “vegetative screening cover in the form of a vine, or similar, along all fencing at the property frontage of Dominion Road.”

The condition was added to Teixeira’s landscaping plan in order to meet the Land Use Development Code requirement that all cannabis cultivation be screened from public view, the staff report said.

“I don’t think it’s our job to change the ordinance,” Cooney said, although he agreed to eliminate screening where it wasn’t needed and to not specify the type of vegetation. “To me, the farmer is the best one to pick the screening solution.”

He was also concerned that dropping the screening requirement would prompt other growers to object to similar landscaping conditions.

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