Santa Barbara may soon have three recreational marijuana dispensaries after an intense city review process.
Applicants have gone through the process for months, putting together paperwork for an approved location, the staff members involved, and a business plan.
There's also been public hearings, where the businessowners came forward to explain their operations, and also to hear comments from residents.
Sites proposed on main thoroughfare State Street, as well as downtown Santa Barbara, were the most controversial, with some residents strongly opposed to those locations.
According to city officials, the city manager and staff plan to release the approved locations next week, allowing the businesses to begin the approved permitting process.