What 'Phase 3' is and how it will affect SLO County

The cultivation of cannabis is not the same as traditional agriculture - cannabis cultivation is in direct conflict with traditional agriculture/small family farm businesses and our residential and agricultural neighborhoods' way of life here in San Luis Obispo County. Cannabis, both hemp and marijuana, require a specific set of common sense ordinance restrictions to protect existing agriculture and small farm businesses as well as the neighboring agriculture homes and families.

 

On June 25, the Planning Commission will consider recommended changes to the cannabis ordinances suggested by Planning Department Staff  https://agenda.slocounty.ca.gov/iip/sanluisobispo/file/getfile/123068

but those proposed changes still FAIL to address the following:

 

  1. Include residential dwellings in the “sensitive receptor” definition for cannabis grow restrictions and setbacks. 

  2. Address “pesticide drift” and cannabis terpenes that are in direct conflict with traditional agriculture and small farm businesses. 

  3. Keep the cultivation of cannabis indoors and limited to sealed greenhouses that do not vent to the atmosphere. 

  4. Eliminate industrial chemical manufacturing/extraction processes (including ethanol and liquid carbon dioxide) on Agriculture Zoned lands. 

  5. Require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

  6. Establish strict and specific density limitations for the number of cannabis project cultivations sites that may be near each other in a local residential agriculture neighborhood. 

What you can do

  • Write to the Planning Commissioners and copy the Board of Supervisors along with the Planning Department. See the sample letter written from a Creston resident (here is a version in MS Word, if needed). Then send to this list of contacts.  

 

 

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