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Cannabis rules accepted by City of Carpinteria, now head to Coastal Commission

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Cannabis rules accepted by City of Carpinteria, now head to Coastal Commission

IN a 5-0 vote in the Nov. 26 City Council meeting, council members voted in favor of approving the draft ordinance regulating commercial cannabis regulations citywide.

Following adult-use marijuana was legalized state-wide in 2016, the City of Carpinteria implemented a moratorium on industrial cannabis actions so as to investigate commercial cannabis growing operations and also to obtain feedback from the neighborhood. The moratorium period allowed the City to specify regulations which could best fit the area, and required the City to have ordinances on the books before May of 2019, once the moratorium ends.

Approving the draft ordinance doesn’t immediately enact the regulations, but instead, it’s passed an additional step in the procedure –the ordinance nevertheless has to be approved from the California Coastal Commission.

Throughout the interview, discussion of this issue contained an exhaustive staff report investigating a lot of their preceding study and community opinions. Many members of the public made comments in favor of and against industrial cannabis surgeries in Carpinteria.

Some of the chief concerns mentioned were that the odor, amount of sound and expansion of the buffer zone (regions within 600 feet of a school, daycare or gym where commercial bud can’t be increased ). Other members of the public were worried about upticks in offense and the impact which cannabis expansion will have on Carpinteria.

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Community celebrity Maureen Foley Claffey browse the correspondence to the editor that she wrote, printed from The Washington Post (“A not-so-high remark of California bud”), that reacted to the Oct. 14 Post article, “Space for bud one of the pinot,” that analyzed the cannabis business in Carpinteria. Claffey said:”The post commissioned local voices for viewpoints on the black market growers that drifted up over night free of odor management, the absence of authorities for illegal operations, the armed robberies in local cannabis farms at the last calendar year, the present’grow’ surgeries adjacent to the regional high school, or even the proliferation of armed guards and barbed-wire fences which have transformed the city into a jail-like landscape”

Despite these issues, many in attendance were in favor of the law, citing the degree of control and security it might supply to the City and authorized growers, noting that a lot of the problems stem from illegal grow operations rather than lawful and controlled ones. Industrial cannabis grower and neighborhood house owner Casey Dalton commented,”I am a mother and I am a home proprietor, and now that I get the’not in my garden’ but I could discuss with you is that law brings security, and regulation pushes from the black market, and regulation is where we will need to go.”

Echoing those sentiments, council members voted to transfer regulation ahead in the industrial research playground with an expansion of this 600-foot buffer zone. Monday’s vote coped with property use, while constraints on the dimensions and quantity of prospective business cannabis operations will be contemplated once the City generates a licensing plan for these companies.

South Coast Youth Task Force upgrade

Coordinator Saul Serrano in the South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety gave an update on the major work the Task Force was performing in Carpinteria and surrounding communities. The Task Force has been operating for the previous eight decades in and about Carpinteria and is made up of 37 members that meet quarterly in addition to a Strategy Team and also a Service Provider Network that meet more frequently. The company’s mission is”to enhance and encourage the security and quality of life for youth, their families and the neighborhood ”

The Task Force began by focusing on youth participation in gangs and youth in the machine, and the amounts of both have diminished in the last several decades. Furthermore, the amount of youth admitted to Juvenile Hall has also decreased during this time period. Serrano noted that between 2016 and 2017 there was an uptick in these amounts, which the Task Force is tracking, but equally gang participation and amounts of incarceration are well under the information from 2009 when the Task Force began its work.

Serrano provided a comprehensive report on some of the team’s initiatives, such as Mental Health Services, Jobs and Job Skills Connection, Immunology and Expedited Services, Assessment, 211 Youth Resource Guide, and Service Provider Coordination. In addition, he mentioned that in the long run there is going to be a place on their site for public link –a location where the Task Force is going to have the ability to collect information directly from the general public.

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Winter is arriving

Throughout his report, City Manager Dave Durflinger emphasized significant seasonal information for taxpayers. In coming weeks, both Winter Storm Readiness and Emergency Alert and Preparedness meetings are scheduled and will be available to the general public. The first will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Veteran’s Memorial Building. A Spanish-language meeting will be held at St. Joseph’s Church at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. To learn more and to see an up-to-date evacuation map, then see readysbc.org/.

Along with storm prep, plans to build the winter berm on the shore are put to start Dec. 3, together with work continuing through Dec. 7. The building activity is going to be on the shore between Linden and Ash paths, and the general public is requested to steer clear of the busy construction zone in this time period.

 

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CBD State Laws Sending Farmers into Uncertainty at Taunton

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Dighton Avenue has seen the growth of 101 hemp plants in a hemp-growing operation ever since they were planted a month ago. According to Andrew Wilkinson and his partner Adam Souza, these hemp plants are ready to be harvested within October.

Looking For Clarity

Like Wilkinson and Souza, many young hemp entrepreneurs in Taunton are still waiting for a clear signal on what kinds of CBD infused products can be sold in shops and stores without any repercussions from the law. CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is obtained from hemp. Although hemp is a close relative of the Cannabis sativa plant, unlike its derivative marijuana, hemp has a very little amount of THC, the major psychoactive component that can give users a “high”. CBD is not psychoactive and has been shown to have some health benefits. The hemp plant is also industrially produced to manufacture ropes, clothes and some consumer products, making it a valuable resource for international business. Due to the uncertain murky state laws, selling CBD-infused products is still largely difficult in the USA, although countries like Canada have advanced far in CBD regulations.

Entrepreneurs Are Still Hopeful

Wilkinson and Souza have mentioned that there is still some hope, now that a bill has been introduced in June in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. The bill was produced as a response to a statement regarding sale 0f hemp products. The policy statement was issued and earlier in June and will soon be signed into law by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Resources. For the policy to be signed, the Legislature may have to go for emergency legislation, which was done in Maine last March. In Maine, the bill legalized the sale and production of food and additives containing hemp derived products. As of June, the policy statement issued from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources explicitly prohibits the sale of any dietary supplement or food infused with CBD.

CBD Business Slowly Blooming

The bill was filed by state Representative Mark Cusack, who hopes that with its approval, the restrictions on CBD will be eliminated, by declaring that CBD is not a controlled substance and that anything containing CBD should be considered as ingestible foods. The Good Vibes Wellness Center on Weir Street sells many kinds of CBD products such as chocolate bars, gummies, and liquid tinctures. According to Deborah Black, the co-owner of the shop, the restrictive policies haven’t yet affected the shop’s business, which opened this April. She mentioned that all her products are manufactured by licensed authorities and tested within Massachusetts by a laboratory who specialize in marijuana testing. None of her products are sold as dietary supplements. Tinctures applied under the tongue and chocolates fall into the murky parts of the law according to Black, who also states that CBD is incapable of intoxicating.

Future Plans

Both Souza and Wilkinson belong to the Massachusetts Hemp Coalition, who are trying to push an emergency bill to the Legislature. They hope to gain investors so that they can gradually become the first mass processors of CBD-infused oil. Manufacturers in Massachusetts still outsource their purchases of CBD products from other states who have far more relaxed laws such as Connecticut and Sacramento. Their processing facility may charge a fee or percentage of crop yields. They call their farm Herban Acres. Wilkinson is a full-time employee at a medical lab and established a vegetable farm in 2018. With the passing of the Federal Farm Bill in 2018, he took this as an opportunity to make more money as hemp is valuable.

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CBD products in UK were found to have high THC levels

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Excessively high THC levels

In a study by PhytoVista and Centre for Medical Cannabis of the UK, it’s been reported that over half of the 30 products containing CBD in Europe were tested to have THC levels that are two times more than the accepted limit which is 0.2%. The article was just published this month.

The study reports 45% of the products that contained THC had about 0.4% mean content of THC. Tested products were those that are being sold online and in stores.

Solvents found in CBD products

Apart from the excessive levels of THC found in the products, the research has also found that only around 38% of the tested products actually contained the actual CBD content advertised. Moreover, also 38% of the products contained less than 50% of the amount of the CBD that they claim to have. This is very disappointing especially to those who highly rely on the CBD content of these products.

Surprisingly, a sample of a 30ml product obtained from a shop contained 0% CBD. The said product retailed for £90. Even one product contained higher levels of ethanol than the recommended amount which is 3.4% which in the UK, is the level of ethanol in alcoholic beverages. Moreover, seven of the products tested were even found to contain the solvent dichloromethane of around 3-13 ppm. Cyclohexane, also a solvent, was found in a product at a level of 27.9 ppm.

Although the levels of solvent contained in these products are within the limits recommended, they still exceed the levels recommended for food safety. CMC stated that the results of the study should serve as a guide for the CBD industry in coming up with products that abide by the standards and are high-quality products that abide by the standards. Furthermore, CMC also encourages producers to make use of these findings to make necessary steps to assure that this will not happen again.

RPS wants clear guidelines on THC products

These data gave a push to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) of the UK to request the government for specific guidelines with regards to tetrahydrocannabinol or THC levels in products like CBD oils.

In the letter to the Home Secretary, the RPS said that they were willing to come up and give advice with regards to specific steps they should make so that no one would break the law with regards to products containing CBD. Pharmacists also demanded guidance with regards to the legality of CBD product handling. They also called out on the out-dated laws concerning CBD.

They also add that in the UK, it is legal to sell CBD just as long as they don’t include any medical claims in their marketing. Furthermore, the limit of THC is only up to 0.2%.

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CBD Oil Will Now Travel the World

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Cannabidiol has been facing a lot of controversies recently, even when it has been proven to not display any addictive or intoxicating behavior. Regardless, the widespread acceptance for this substance is growing all around the world. Recent evidence lies with the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) updating their policies to allow passengers to carry CBD oil and some other forms of FDA approved medicinal marijuana on board for both inbound and outbound flights.

Even until recently, all luggage and carry-on bags were checked by the TSA to ensure that no form of Cannabis is taken on board. Since last Sunday, that policy has been updated on TSA’s website without any formal notification or through news update. This may have been because of the growing controversies surrounding this issue and the TSA itself, and the authorities did not want to attract any form of attention through this change of regulation.

Limitations and Extent

The new regulation allows the passengers to carry marijuana meant for medicinal purposes as well as the products that contain CBD oil derived from hemp. Furthermore, these products are approved as long as they have been derived from products that follow the production regulations that have been defined by the law in the December 2018 Farm Bill, legalizing Hemp and its derivatives.

However, the rules still do not exempt products with higher THC content, which are still illegal under federal law. This includes any form of marijuana that is not FDA approved or being used for a medical purpose. Although it’s still unclear how the agency plans on determining the THC levels of the products, their spokesperson hinted that any suspicions would be confirmed through contacting the law enforcement agencies, meaning that the TSA would not be doing any testing.

Allowed Forms of Medication

Epidiolex, a known form of CBD medication, has been explicitly allowed on both domestic and international flights. This medicine, along with all other forms of CBD oils that are approved by the FDA is allowed to be taken on board with the passengers without any interference from the TSA.

Many such medications are used as a substitute for opiates as painkillers and can even help alleviate the dependency on such substances. Apart from that, they have been known to provide relief against any forms of sleeping disorders and help induce sleep in its imbiber. This is useful for the passengers due to the in-flight resting conditions not being suitable for most of the elderly passengers. Apart from that, CBD has been known to be a prescription treatment for people suffering from epileptic seizures as well as help reduce anxiety and stress.

With this new policy out there, advocates of CBD use are one step closer to realizing their dreams and can sigh in relief, knowing that no more people will be arrested for trying to take their medications on-board of a flight. The TSA’s this new regulation might just be something that redeems their already sketchy reputation amongst the general population. We say you’ve just earned a thumbs up, TSA!

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