Author: Melinda Burns
Plans for what’s being billed as the most airtight cannabis processing warehouse in the Carpinteria Valley have exposed a growing rift between the citizens groups that for years have pressed the county to rein in the fast-expanding, foul-smelling cannabis industry.
Activists took opposing sides this month as the Santa Barbara County Planning Commission approved zoning permits for a 25,400-square-foot warehouse next to five previously approved cannabis greenhouses at 3561 Foothill Road.
The operation, called G&K Farms, is co-owned by Graham Farrar, a founder of the CARP Growers group of cannabis operators with about 20 separate “grows” in the valley.
One hundred members of Concerned Carpinterians, a loose organization of about 300 residents, signed a petition urging the commission to vote no on the warehouse project. They have long complained that Farrar’s greenhouses on Foothill Road are sending waves of the “skunky” smell of marijuana into their homes day and night on the prevailing winds, causing them to suffer nausea, headaches and respiratory problems.