As with the rest of California, tensions over the illicit market are front and center in Santa Barbara County. Last week law enforcement officials in the coastal county seized enough untracked product that it took four days to gather it.
- At properties in Buellton, Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, sheriffs reportedly destroyed 350,000 plants and seized 20 tons of processed weed. So much cultivated product that won't reach its destination. Authorities are investigating whether the growers had fraudulently acquired licenses.
- The raids coincided with Friday's release of the Bureau of Cannabis Control's long-awaited education campaign. #weedwise which will be spread through billboards and social media. The advertising emphasizes the health risks of consuming "free market" weed.
- Cannabis taxes paid for the raid. Thirty five detectives, investigators and wildlife officers were used in the two-month investigation.
- Meanwhile, up in Humboldt County, the former marijuana champ continues to take a beating. Follow along on a copter watch in the Emerald Triangle. A scroll through the comments bring the local sense of foreboding to life.