Santa Barbara Wine Industry vs Cannabis and More

In the days of the Armada, a fleet of warships, the scuttlebutt was the rumor or gossip that would spread throughout the ship. Today, Armada Law Corp presents The Scuttlebutt, a daily summery of news articles that people within the cannabis, hemp and plant medicine industries are chatting about along with links to the full articles.

In today’s news:


#californiacannabis – “Santa Barbara County’s cannabis crop last year was worth more than its wine grapes, according to the county’s annual crop report. And it wasn’t a small difference: Santa Barbara’s pot farms grew $260 million worth of cannabis in 2022, nearly three times as much as the local wine grape’s $96 million harvest. Despite the wine industry’s calls to wage a war on legal pot farms, weed appears to be winning the latest battles.

At this point, even the industry’s fiercest critics will admit that years of legal wrangling have failed to stop Santa Barbara from becoming California’s premiere pot-growing region — and it’s likely to keep that distinction for the foreseeable future.

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#newyorkcannabis – “New York is opening up its cannabis market to cultivator, processor, distributor, microbusiness and retail dispensary applicants beginning Oct. 4, a move that could finally spur significant sales, but one criticized by some as detrimental to the state’s social equity efforts.

On Sept. 12, the state’s Cannabis Control Board (CCB) approved final rules and regulations for licensing plant nurseries, cultivators, processors, cooperatives, distributors, dispensaries, delivery services and microbusinesses. The board also approved opening the application period for most non-conditional adult-use license types.

Those wishing to apply for a cultivator, processor, distributor, microbusiness or retail dispensary license can do so from Oct. 4 until Dec. 4. The state’s Office of Cannabis Management will begin reviewing and approving retail dispensary applicants who already have a location secured by Nov. 3.”

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#californiacannabis – “In Lucas v. City of Pomona (2023) 92 Cal.App.5th 508, the Second District of the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision that the City of Pomona’s (“City”) application of the statutory exemption under CEQA Guidelines section 15183 was proper for approval of a zoning overlay district for commercial cannabis activities (the “Project”). Applying the substantial evidence standard of review, the Court found that the Project was consistent with the development density established by the general plan, and no project-specific significant effects existed.”

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