This November, The Ventura County Pilot Cannabis Cultivation Program will put before voters an option to form a small-scale pilot program.
It will include regulatory and oversight frameworks (listed below) to ensure responsible cannabis cultivation in unincorporated Ventura County and will utilize pre-existing permanent greenhouse facilities only.
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In 2016 the Adult Use of Marijuana Act was approved by California voters, legalizing possession, use and cultivation of non-medical marijuana for those 21 and over and provided a framework for state and local regulation of commercial cannabis activity.
This new law empowered local governments to determine their own laws for regulation this industry. Following the passage of the Act, the Ventura County Board of Supervisors banned commercial cannabis cultivation.
The Ventura County Pilot Cannabis Cultivation Program will...
Allow limited, local cannabis cultivation
Commercial cannabis cultivation & commercial cannabis nursery cultivation in pre-existing permanent greenhouse facilities
Up to 500 acres of total commercial cannabis cultivation, or 100 total acres for commercial cannabis nursery cultivation, representing only 0.42% of Ventura County’s total farmland
Comply with existing laws
Activity is permitted in proper zoning and in full compliance with SOAR
Requires usage in full compliance with local and state laws
Requires sites to have a Site Security Plan
Mandate sustainable cannabis farming practices
Requires cultivation sites to have an Energy Conservation Plan
Requires the use of the state's Track and Trace system to maintain information about the cannabis, inventories and activities for oversight purposes
Create setbacks to minimize impacts
Mandates setbacks from schools and other sensitive sites
Allows for indoor cultivation only, no outdoor activity
Requires licensee to employ the best available odor mitigation technology
Mandates commercial cannabis licenses for cultivation, nursery cultivation, processing and distribution
Requires background checks on those with 20% financial interest
Sets important restrictions
No smoking, ingesting or consuming of cannabis on premises
No products, graphics or other materials showing cannabis or products will be visible outside
No alcohol may be stored, sold, dispensed or consumed and licensees cannot possess an alcoholic beverage license for the premises
No selling, storing or consuming tobacco or nicotine products on premises
Hear about our project as reported in the VC Star
Study sees no significant harm from pot measure on November ballot
Ventura County Star
An initiative allowing limited indoor commercial production of marijuana in Ventura County would generate $2.92 million annually in tax revenues and would not significantly boost crime, a study released Monday says.
The initiative on the Nov. 3 ballot allows up to 500 acres of cultivation in greenhouses and 100 acres for propagation of seedlings in nurseries in certain unincorporated areas.
But the analysis by an Orange County consultant estimates that only 220 acres or a third of that amount would actually take place because of the restrictions in the measure and existing land use.
Consultant HdL Companies, which conducted the county-ordered study at a cost of $21,500, also found:
No significant effects on public safety, housing, employment and infrastructure.
Even though the initiative requires growers to prepare an odor prevention plan using the best available technology, there is no requirement that odors be eliminated.
A total of 72 jobs may be created with total payroll of around $3 million per year.
The measure would not change zoning or result in construction of new greenhouses because it only allows production within "pre-existing" permanent facilities, although the term pre-existing is not defined.