Cannabis growers and watchdog group strike landmark deal in Carpinteria Valley


Source: CARP Producers

After 11 months of collaborative dialogue, the Santa Barbara County Coalition for Responsible Cannabis (Coalition) and CARP Growers reached a landmark agreement on August 20, ensuring that cannabis farms work cooperatively with the community group to address odor issues. proactively and cooperatively. through the Carpinteria valley.

The agreement holds all CARP Growers member farms responsible for a partnership with the Coalition and a detailed odor reduction plan outlining a new, expanded odor response process and a comprehensive program to develop and implement technologies. next generation odors. Community engagement in the plan will be encouraged to report, investigate and resolve incidents related to cannabis odors.

The Coalition was formed in 2019 to advocate for closer monitoring of cannabis cultivation and odor relief in the Carpinteria Valley and Santa Barbara County. The Coalition has been actively involved in the Santa Barbara County cannabis licensing process, appealing to cannabis projects that do not meet its community-based standards.

Coalition Board Member Rob Salomon said, “In partnership with CARP Growers, the Coalition has developed a comprehensive voluntary upgrade to the county’s odor control program. All CARP Growers members will adhere to this program and, unlike today, odors will not be tolerated in schools, parks and public spaces. We thank CARP Growers and its farm members for coming to the table with sincere dedication and a common interest in improving local cannabis cultivation.

CARP Growers (aka Cannabis Association for Responsible Producers) was created in 2018 to foster better relationships within the Carpinteria community and require its members to follow best agricultural practices, including using the best in crop control technology. odors available. Each CARP Growers member will be individually bound to the agreement on more than 20 agricultural project sites in existing greenhouses in the Carpinteria Valley.

“We appreciate the Coalition for working with us and building trust over these many months. As members of the community, CARP growers are keen and motivated to eliminate odor problems. This agreement will create a new, more transparent odor complaints response program, where residents can work directly with operators to track and resolve odor issues, ”said Tristan Strauss, vice president and chief executive officer. Head of Headwaters’ CARP Growers, which operates several farms in Carpinteria and a statewide cannabis wholesale network.

The Coalition has already negotiated odor reduction plans with individual cannabis farms, but this settlement represents the largest group of cannabis farms and a proactive and expansive plan to address odor issues nationwide. Carpinteria valley. Coalition attorney Marc Chytilo said, “The agreement between the Coalition and CARP Growers, including the two supporting documents developed between us and the county, establishes a comprehensive odor control program at Carpinteria. We are currently working in partnership with CARP Growers on research and development to identify viable alternatives to the vapor phase, including carbon scrubbers designed to alleviate odors in ventilated greenhouses.

The deal includes monitoring for odor-causing compounds, a system of wind stations to help identify sources of odors, use of the best odor controls available, expansion of areas where odors are not allowed and a multi-level response system to deal with odor incidents quickly and comprehensively. .

“I am very proud of our association for negotiating such a broad and historic agreement that will truly create more transparency and accountability with our neighbors, in the long run,” said Autumn Shelton, President of CARP Growers and co-owner of Autumn Farm. Brands in Carpinteria. . “We have made huge investments in advancing science and research and development around odors over the past year. This is a new field of science, and we are learning a lot every day about the compounds that cause odor and how best to mitigate and monitor odor.

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