The City of Santa Barbara selected three businesses that will now be allowed to sell recreational marijuana within city limits.

Those businesses are Golden State Greens, Pharmacy SB, and Coast Dispensary.

Detectives are being very tight lipped about an armed robbery which targeted a marijuana growing facility in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s investigators say four armed men confronted a security guard at the Carpinteria area facility early Saturday morning, and held him at gunpoint.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office photo)

18 men were arrested, and 120 bales of marijuana were seized after a panga boat landed on the Santa Barbara County coastline.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the boat on a beach just east of Gaviota early Saturday morning.

The deputies stopped four vehicles in the area, arresting the 18 men, and seizing about 3,000 pounds worth of marijuana.

Business license fees have been given a preliminary approval by Santa Barbara County, to cover the costs for several departments to review cannabis operations.

The board of supervisors says there could be 150 applications coming in.

An Eastside Santa Barbara property owner is appealing the approval of a medical marijuana dispensary that could open up on Milpas Street.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors Tuesday are set to consider creating some taxes on marijuana production and sales, which could potentially generate from five to $25 million dollars a year in new revenue.

The county will look at options including creating a general tax, or special tax on cannabis. The proposed tax rates range from 1% on nursery operations to 6% for retail operations.

Anticipating a large budget deficit of about $20 million, Santa Barbara County is looking toward a new revenue stream: cannabis.

Marijuana growers have about 250 registered sites now in the county.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Department narcotics detectives say it was a huge year for raids on large scale illegal marijuana operations in the county, with more than half a billion dollars in plants seized.

County investigators working with state and federal law enforcement officers confiscated 130,000 marijuana plants during the last five months in the Los Padres National Forest.

The State Water Resources Board is investigating groundwater issues related to cannabis growing.

A public review has begun after reports of illegal dumping of products linked to pot growing, in waterways.


A 36-page draft report of interested cannabis growers has been released by Santa Barbara County. 

A public meeting held Wednesday went over many details. 

An increased effort to determine who is growing marijuana, where they are growing it, and how much land is being used for that has revealed a fast-moving trend.

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office Photo)

Authorities raid a large drug lab on the South Coast and make several arrests.

Ventura County Sheriff’s officials say on Friday they went to a home on the 5500 block of Heatherton Drive in Somis to serve a felony arrest warrant for Kooshawn Shokrai who was living there. When detectives entered the home, they discovered it was converted into an elaborate butane honey oil lab.

The city of Santa Barbara has a long list of marijuana-related issues on its agenda.

In an attempt to get ahead of state-issued licenses for the next year by implementing local controls.

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)

Authorities have recovered a drug smuggling boat and some bales of marijuana from a Santa Barbara County beach.

The boat was spotted during the noon hour Friday on a beach about a mile north of Refugio State Beach. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies, along with state and federal law enforcement officers responding to the scene found a 30 foot long boat equipped with two outboard motors.

A search of the area failed to turn up any sign of the boat’s crew, but five bales of marijuana were found in some nearby bushes.

A bill by a State Senator who represents part of Ventura County which is intended to help keep edible cannabis from children has passed a key hurdle.

The State Senate approved SB 794, which would require single serving of edible cannabis to be sold in child-proof packaging. It would also mandate that the packages be marked with a yet-to-be designed symbol to indicate they contain marijuana products.