Local Farmers and Small Business Owners Launch Santa Barbara Cannabis Business Council
Council supports smart, fair cannabis regulations that create jobs and comply with state laws
Goleta, Calif., Nov. 7 – Today, local cannabis farmers and business owners announced the formation of the Cannabis Business Council of Santa Barbara County, an education and advocacy organization committed to achieving smart, fair local cannabis regulations.
“We’re committed to working with the community to create cannabis regulations that honor Santa Barbara’s agricultural history, support good jobs and economic development, and promote public safety and compliance with the law,” said Paul Kowalski, the Council’s Interim Chair.
With the enactment of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA) and the expected passage of Proposition 64, the Council is committed to working with municipal and county representatives on efforts to regulate the cannabis industry. The Council’s priorities are:
• Prompt and timely public meetings between elected leaders, policy makers, cannabis
stakeholders, and the community at large to ensure collaboration and transparency during
the drafting of new local cannabis regulations.
• The creation of a Santa Barbara County Cannabis Commission—comprised of law
enforcement, elected officials, public administrators, community leaders and education,
public health, and environmental experts—to oversee local implementation of the Adult Use
of Marijuana Act (AUMA) and the MCRSA.
• Driving economic development by giving cannabis farmers a stronger voice in conversations
about fair labor practices, land and water use, environmental protection, and integration
with local communities. Cannabis industry wages are 20-50% higher than prevailing
agricultural wages, and the Council is committed to creating good jobs in local communities
that are aligned with the County’s values, traditions and goals.
• Supporting partnerships with California’s public universities that will allow Santa Barbara
County to participate in scientific research breakthroughs in the use of cannabis to treat
• Promoting action by Santa Barbara’s leaders to implement AUMA and MCRSA in a fair way
that serves the will of the voters, supports farmers and local businesses, and promotes the
wellbeing of the community at large.
Elizabeth A. Davis