Coming soon to the small beach town of Carpinteria is the largest grow on Earth, the size of more than 130 football fields. Santa Barbara County wasn’t known for Mary Jane, until it became a cultivation hub two years ago.
Los Angeles Times
- Most of the farming is happening in small, economically-disadvantaged parts of the county, away from its tourism industry. With only 1.8% of California’s land, the county has 3.5% percent of its legal weed farms.
- An anti-cannabis backlash has arisen, with activists vocally opposing the new industry. Stricter municipal regulations have followed as well.
- Local officials have used tax revenue generated by pot to fund a “sherriff’s enforcement team.” It’s raided 35 illegal operations thus far. “Our community is painfully divided about how to bring this industry under control,” said Councilmember Das Williams.
- Throughout the month in California, MedMen will donate 15 percent of its limited edition Pride products’ earnings to causes that promote LGTBQ+ equality.