marijuana

County of San Luis Obispo

In a 2-2 decision, the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors voted April 6 to deny an appeal for a cannabis cultivation site in the community of Pozo, just 15 miles southeast of Santa Margarita. The tie vote upholds a denial by the county Planning Commission.

Broadcast date: 9/14/2017

Many experts believe the increased legalization of marijuana in the U.S. has contributed to the growing belief that marijuana is harmless among youth. With this misperception, youth are using the drug at  increased rates. For example, the 2016 VITAL SIGNS reports shows a major increase in marijuana consumption among San Luis Obispo County teens. It reported forty-one percent of eleventh graders used marijuana in the past 30 days, compared to just 26% in 2013. A 15% increase. Why is this such a concern? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that unlike adults, the teen brain is actively developing and often will not be fully developed until the mid 20s. Marijuana use during this period may harm the developing teen brain. Research shows that marijuana use can have permanent effects on brain function of the developing brain when use begins in adolescence, especially with regular or heavy use.

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New numbers released this week show that only about half of marijuana cultivators in San Luis Obispo County have registered their grows with the county after officials passed an ordinance requiring it. 

National Park Service

The National Park Service said Wednesday that it's keeping the public off of Santa Rosa Island, located off the coast of Santa Barbara, because of safety concerns related to drug smuggling. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Marijuana Eradication Season is now over in Santa Barbara County according to the Sheriff's Office, and law enforcement says 47,000 plants were destroyed this year as part of the program.

Sheriff's spokesperson Kelly Hoover says the plants had an estimated street value of $131 million. This year's sweep however was down slightly from last year primarily because of the drought, Hoover said.

Most of the growing operations were found on Los Padres National Forest land by Santa Barbara County aircraft. In all, 18 individual illegal gardens were discovered.

Santa Barbara County Fire Department

An investigation into Monday night's apartment explosion in Goleta shows it was caused by a process used to extract oils from marijuana.

One person was badly injured during the incident and was being treated for third degree burns immediately following the event, according to Santa Barbara County Fire spokesperson Capt. David Sadecki.

It happened at a two-story complex on Elwood Beach Drive in Goleta.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says the process known as Butane Honey Oil conversion resulted in a flash fire.