County Releases List of 20 Cannabis Dispensary Operators Competing for 6 Locations

Santa Barbara County has released a list of 20 applicants being considered for cannabis dispensary business licenses and will now rank them based on “neighborhood compatibility” and site inspections.

The county Board of Supervisors decided to limit dispensaries in unincorporated areas to six, with only one in each of the community plan areas of Orcutt, Los Alamos, Santa Ynez, Isla Vista/Goleta Valley, Eastern Goleta Valley and Toro Canyon/Summerland.

Some local cities have decided to permit a limited number of dispensaries (Santa Barbara and Goleta), to permit an unlimited number of dispensaries (Lompoc) or ban them (Santa Maria and Carpinteria).

Last week, the county posted on its cannabis policy page that the 20 applicants made it past a business plan review by the county and a third-party firm, Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates. The county has contracted with the same firm to do cannabis-related tax compliance review.

After the next phase of review, county staff will create a ranked list of applicants for each community plan area, and only the No. 1 applicant for each area “will be invited to start the permit and business license application process.”

Santa Barbara County released a list of 20 cannabis dispensary applicants being considered for the six available spots.
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Santa Barbara County released a list of 20 cannabis dispensary applicants being considered for six available spots. (Santa Barbara County photo )

The areas with the largest populations — Orcutt and Isla Vista — have the most operators vying for the one spot available.

Scroll down to see a map of the proposed locations for each of the 20 cannabis dispensary applicants.

Santa Barbara County is accepting public comment on the operators and their chosen locations through Sunday, and it put a survey online asking local residents to “review areas in your community that would be least suitable for a cannabis storefront retail shop.”

The survey also asks people to rank the importance of aesthetics, operations, security, noise, odor, signage, hours of operation, parking, community involvement, and design.

Click here to view the survey and interactive map from Santa Barbara County.

Four of the proposed locations for an Isla Vista cannabis dispensary are around the intersection of Embarcadero del Mar and Pardall Road.
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Four of the proposed locations for an Isla Vista cannabis dispensary are around the intersection of Embarcadero del Mar and Pardall Road. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

All of the proposed locations are in areas where cannabis storefront dispensaries are allowed, and are outside buffer areas that surround schools and other institutions.

Some communities have very small areas where dispensaries are allowed (designated in green on the county map), which explains why applications in Isla Vista, for example, are concentrated on blocks west and north of Anisq’Oyo Park. East of the park is too close to UC Santa Barbara, according to the buffer zones on the county map.

In Isla Vista, shown here, proposed shops are concentrated in the blocks west and north of Anisq’Oyo Park. East of the park is too close to UC Santa Barbara, according to the buffer zones on the county map, in red.
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Some communities have very small areas where cannabis dispensaries are allowed (designated in green on this county map). In Isla Vista, shown here, proposed shops are concentrated in the blocks west and north of Anisq’Oyo Park. East of the park is too close to UCSB, according to the buffer zones on the county map, in red. (Screenshot via Santa Barbara County map)

There are many recognizable names on the list, including operators of local dispensaries and companies that run some California-based dispensary chains.

Haven, which operates seven dispensaries in the Los Angeles area, has applied to operate dispensaries on Santa Claus Lane in the Toro Canyon/Summerland area, in Isla Vista, in Santa Ynez, in Los Alamos and in Orcutt.

Coastal has opened dispensaries in Santa Barbara and Lompoc, and applied for a new location in Isla Vista.

The Farmacy proposes a cannabis dispensary in this vacant building at 6555 Pardall Road in Isla Vista.
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The Farmacy proposes a cannabis dispensary in this vacant building at 6555 Pardall Road in Isla Vista. (Giana Magnoli / Noozhawk photo)

Farmacy — which runs a Santa Barbara dispensary as well as multiple Carpinteria-area cannabis farms and other related businesses — applied for spots in Isla Vista and Santa Ynez.

The cannabis corporation behind Beyond/Hello, which recently opened an Upper State Street dispensary in Santa Barbara, is one of five operators vying for the Orcutt spot.

MOM SY LLC was registered by the owners of Megan’s Organic Market, which has cannabis and CBD retail businesses in San Luis Obispo County, according to Secretary of State’s Office records.

3823 Santa Claus Lane
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There are two cannabis dispensary companies proposing to open on this stretch of Santa Claus Lane, at 3823 Santa Claus Lane, pictured, and nearby 3825 Santa Claus Lane. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo )

Jiva SBC LLC applied for the Isla Vista location. The same company, which operates some Bay Area dispensaries, tried for one of the Santa Barbara dispensary spots and didn’t get it.

HPC of Santa Barbara is registered to the same Port Hueneme address as some HPC-branded cannabis companies in Ventura County, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

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