Permits for a Santa Claus Lane marijuana dispensary and a Nojoqui Grade cannabis farm were approved Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, which voted to deny appeals filed against both projects.
The Roots Dispensary at 3823 Santa Claus Lane is proposed by Pat and Maire Radis, the property owners, and people associated with the Roots chain of cannabis dispensaries, which has a Lompoc location.
Business owners and residents of the area argued that the pot dispensary would not fit in with the small row of family-friendly and beach-related businesses. They also argued that the location, as the only one permitted between Santa Barbara and Oxnard, could draw too many customers for the local traffic and parking to handle.
The supervisors unanimously voted to deny the appeal and approve the dispensary permit.
First District Supervisor Das Williams, whose district includes Santa Claus Lane, said he doesn’t think residents’ concerns will be realized when the dispensary opens.
Fourth District Supervisor Bob Nelson said county zoning allows a dispensary at the site and other commercial uses, like a coffee shop, would bring more traffic and parking issues to the