SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Supervisors will review the County Planning Department's Draft EIR on a comprehensive land use regulatory program for the entire cannabis industry in the unincorporated areas of the county.
The goal of the proposed new policies is to strike a balance between the demand for marijuana products with the public health, welfare and safety of the communities impacted by the industry.
The new policies would regulate how, where and how much marijuana and various pot products can be cultivated, processed, manufactured, distributed and sold while protecting the environment, neighborhood character and quality of life for people and communities.
The Draft EIR cites "unavoidable impacts" to agricultural resources, air quality, noise, transportation and traffic under three options the supervisors will consider.
Then there's how the county will license and tax cannabis operations and how the new regulations will be enforced with the possibility of a ballot measure on the June 2018 Primary election.
Also on the agenda, supervisors will be asked to approve a Memorandum Of Agreement between the county and the Chumash Tribe regarding the Camp 4 property the Tribe owns in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Tribe says it plans to use part of the 1,400 acres of land to build tribal housing.
Supervisors are also being asked to sign letters of support for H-R 1491, the bill in Congress that would allow the transfer of the Camp 4 property into the Tribe's sovereign nation.
The Board meeting is in Santa Barbara but the public can also watch and comment on agenda items at the Board Meeting Room in Santa Maria.