Sunday, April 23, 2017     Volume: 18, Issue: 7
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How should county and city governments regulate recreational marijuana locally?

Tax, tax, tax! We need that money!
As little regulation as possible.
Moderate taxation of cultivation and sale sounds reasonable.
They should ban cultivation and sale outright.

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Waiting for weed: Local marijuana cultivators and entrepreneurs anticipate county and city legislation drafted to catch up with legalization

Cover Story

Waiting for weed: Local marijuana cultivators and entrepreneurs anticipate county and city legislation drafted to catch up with legalization

By SUN STAFF

While the passage of Proposition 64 in November made it legal for adults ages 21 and older to possess, use, and personally cultivate recreational marijuana, the matter of taxing growers and purveyors of legal cannabis is an issue local government bodies are scrambling to address. The state will begin issuing business licenses for growers and distributors of marijuana and ... [ Read More ]

Top 5 Articles

Cover Story: Waiting for weed: Local marijuana cultivators and entrepreneurs anticipate county and city legislation drafted to catch up with legalization
News: Venoco declares bankruptcy, ends drilling in state waters
News: Santa Maria Planning Commission considers ordinance to curb the number of abandoned shopping carts
Biz Spotlight: Spotlight on: Santa Maria Downtown Fridays app
News: District divisions: Santa Maria works to draw district maps for City Council elections as it abandons at-large voting
 

News

Easter weekend a violent one in Northern Santa Barbara County

By DAVID MINSKY

Santa Maria saw a particularly violent Easter weekend this year that left local law enforcement investigating a homicide, a stabbing, an attempted murder, and the discovery of...

County first responders to begin carrying drug to combat opioid overdoses

By DAVID MINSKY

First responders in Santa Barbara County are now trained to carry naloxone nasal spray as part of a new program between the county’s Emergency Medical Services Agency an...

Venoco declares bankruptcy, ends drilling in state waters

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Venoco announced on April 17 that it has filed for bankruptcy, and the company expects to sell or close down some of its assets, including an oil platform in Santa Barbara Cou...

Los Olivos CSD and sewer system move forward with LAFCO approval

By DAVID MINSKY

Los Olivos can take the next steps to form a community services district thanks to Santa Barbara County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), which approved the Santa Yne...

Sheriff's Office reports increase in violent, property crimes

By BRENNA SWANSTON

Santa Barbara County saw an uptick in both violent and property crimes last year, according to numbers released on April 12 by the Sheriff's Office covering the county's uninc...

Clarification

In the April 13 cover story, “Fit to print?” the Sun misidentified the individual who questioned Karen Velie during the trial. The correct individual was attorney ...

Santa Maria Planning Commission considers ordinance to curb the number of abandoned shopping carts

By BRENNA SWANSTON

When Mike Guerra became an officer with the Santa Maria Police Department, he didn’t think the gig would entail dealing with the trash, debris, bottles of urine, and buc...

District divisions: Santa Maria works to draw district maps for City Council elections as it abandons at-large voting

By DAVID MINSKY

Local residents, City Council members, nonprofit organizations, and a professional demographer have all contributed marked-up maps of Santa Maria for proposed City Council dis...

Political Watch 4/20/17

• Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) joined 15 other U.S. Senate Democrats on April 12 to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions for answers on the Department of Justice’s...

Biz Spotlights

Spotlight on: Santa Maria Downtown Fridays app

By DAVID MINSKY

Transforming a bleak downtown urban landscape into a vibrant outdoor pedestrian mall with food, music, and fun—there's an app for that. Downtown Fridays—the hugel...

Commentary

Buellton ordinance oversteps private property rights

By LARRY R. RANKIN

It was fortuitous for me to be at the Buellton City Council meeting on, Feb. 9, 2017, because I was greatly dismayed by what took place. A dispute had arisen between one famil...

Letters

A strong America starts with great public schools

By Bill Cirone - Santa Barbara County superintendent of schools

“Together we make a profound difference for public education,” is the theme of this year’s Public Schools Month, celebrated in April and sponsored by the Gra...

District elections are here, like it or not

By Elizabeth Schneider - Santa Maria

To the writer of "Let the people decide" (April 6), Robert Scott, you're about three steps behind where we are now. The first step happened in the '90s, when Santa M...

Dear Muslims

By David E. Baskett - Santa Maria

Editor’s note: This letter is in reply to the March 30 cover story “Meet a Muslim.” Welcome, as my neighbors to our beautiful Central Coast area. I invite ...

Sports

Toke and train? The Benchwarmer considers the debate around cannabis in performance athletics

By KRISTINA SEWELL

It's 4/20, so let's talk about weed and sports. Bet that got your attention! About 10 years ago, the mention of weed and athletics in the same sentence would have sent people...

Jayden Csotya

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Soccer is hereditary in the Csotya family. Five-year-old Jayden Csotya, a kindergartner at Joe Nightingale Elementary School, inherited the soccer gene from his father, who al...

School Scene

Bonita School welcomes Sun editor as 'Principal for a Day'

By JOE PAYNE

The Sun joined the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Industry Education Council’s Principal for a Day event, dispatching Managing Editor Joe Payne for a mor...

Canary

Blowing smoke

I don't really smoke weed. OK, maybe sometimes when a friend passes a joint at a reggae concert, then I might partake, but that's a pretty rare occurrence. Or maybe the od...

Street Wise

How should Santa Barbara County regulate the recreational marijuana industry?

Angel Gallo Brandon Vidales Jonathan Delgadillo Alvaro Ovalle

Arts

Los Alamos library features work of legendary 'Newsweek' photographer

By REBECCA ROSE

If you were at the Hitching Post on a certain night of the week, you might have encountered an elderly man sitting at his favorite seat at the bar. Listening to him make small...

Textile techniques: The artists of FiberVision break away from standard quilt making

By EMILY HOLLAND

While white stucco and conference rooms may not typically share their space with idiosyncratic art, FiberVision’s bright, patterned textiles illuminate the walls of the ...

PCPA seeks young performers for 'Newsies The Musical'

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

The Pacific Conservatory Theatre (PCPA) is seeking young actors to audition for its upcoming production of Disney's Newsies The Musical. Auditions for the role of Les Jacobs t...

Royal Family KIDS host benefit with Dave Stamey

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Dave Stamey is performing at a benefit barbecue dinner hosted by Royal Family KIDS on April 22. Tickets are on sale now for the concert, dinner, and auction event. All proceed...

Humor

Weed me out

By REBECCA ROSE

As Californians gear up to wait for the 650,000 rules and laws our legislators come up with to regulate marijuana into the unfun zone, I’m still grappling with one thing...

Music

Season of triumph: The Santa Maria Philharmonic's first season with Maestro Michael Nowak comes to a close on April 22

By JOE PAYNE

The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society’s decision to hire on Michael Nowak as its new music director and conductor was met with immediate enthusiasm from local classical m...

Film

'Gifted' is a manipulative, calculating weep-fest that also happens to be wonderful

Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, The Amazing Spider-Man) directs this screenplay by Tom Flynn (Watch It, Second String) about 7-year-old Mary (Mckenna Grace), a mathematical pro...

Eats

Terravant Winery opens new eatery, Bottlest, at their Buellton location

By REBECCA ROSE

At 29, Owen Hanavan has managed to create a menu of dishes that many chefs twice his age would kill for. “I look at my brain like a tackle box,” Hanavan said. &ld...

Hot Stuff

Let’s go fly a kite

The Discovery Museum and the Santa Maria Public Airport present a free family kite festival on April 23. The event features professional kite-flying demonstrations, contests, ...

Chow down

The Santa Maria BBQ Festival on April 22 is inaugural event that will serve as a fundraiser each year for the Kiwanis for Kids program. Come on down for the professional compe...

On a mission to drink wine

Flying Goat Cellars invites participants to a unique winemaker dinner in Lompoc. Chef Greg Murphy of the highly acclaimed restaurant bouchon Santa Barbara will treat diners to...