The Group Sat Together Wearing Purple Visors With “tepusquet Canyon Crisis Committee” Embroidered On Them.

A large percentage of the more than 40 people who spoke at Friday’s meeting were in favor of supporting the cannabis industry, while an organized group of Tepusquet Canyon residents came to the meeting to ask county leaders to block marijuana growers from operating in their area. The group sat together wearing purple visors with “Tepusquet Canyon Crisis Committee” embroidered on them. Residents of the canyon, which is southeast of Santa Maria, cited the fear of wildfires, crime and water use among their reasons for standing against cannabis production near them. Tom Gibbons, a member of the the Santa Maria Valley Conservation District, agreed with concerns about water in the canyon. “The water in Tepusquet Canyon is finite,” he said. Dave Clary, a resident medical marijuana of the canyon, said he’s seen a “tremendous upsurge in marijuana grows in the canyon.” He said he can see three new cannabis operations from his home. “I support a complete prohibition in Tepusquet Canyon,” he said. Arnold Lancaster, a fourth-generation resident of the canyon, urged county leaders to think of family values when making decisions relating to cannabis in Santa Barbara County. A majority of Friday’s speakers supported the industry but advocated for fair rules.  Colorado-based attorney Charles Houghton came to Santa Maria on Friday to advise county leaders to be fair when working on land use and licensing issues for members of the cannabis industry.

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