By Kathryn Barger
Los Angeles County Supervisor, Fifth District
Dear Town Council Members and Community Representatives:
I would like to highlight an important cannabis taxation resolution that is on the Board of Supervisors’ meeting agenda on Tuesday, August 9.
If approved by the Board, Item 20 (General Tax on Cannabis Businesses in the Unincorporated Areas of the County) will put a ballot measure before Los Angeles County voters on November 8, 2022, seeking their authorization to tax cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas in the future.
I would like to clarify the following:
- Imposing a tax in the future does not legalize cannabis businesses; legalization will require a vote by the Supervisors; and
- The ordinance that will define where and how cannabis businesses can operate is expected to be drafted and made public next year.
The County’s plan is to regulate cannabis cultivation so that it occurs only inside buildings – not in greenhouses – and to equally distribute businesses in each supervisorial district. This means two cultivation businesses would be allowed to operate in the Fifth District, which covers the Antelope Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley, portions of the San Fernando Valley, and the San Gabriel Valley through Claremont.
I will address this issue during Tuesday’s Board meeting. I want to ensure the record reflects that outdoor grows will not be permitted, and that cannabis cultivation referred to in this agenda item must take place in structures and not greenhouses.
I am acutely aware that the rural communities I represent continue to be disproportionately impacted by unpermitted and unregulated cannabis grows. I will continue being vigilant, working to prevent policies that could inadvertently increase that risk.
If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts with me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact my field team representatives. Thank you for your continued work and support.
About the author: Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger serves residents of the county’s 5th District, which includes the Antelope Valley.
25 comments for "Op-ed: A message to unincoporated town councils from Supervisor Kathryn Barger"
HOW ABOUT A SPECIAL LASD TASK FORCE OR BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION…
TO INVESTIGATE WAYS TO STOP ALL OF THE WILD, OUT OF CONTROL, WITH HUNDREDS SPILLING OUT INTO THE STREET FOR THE DANCING TO LOUD MUSIC, RENT PARTIES…
IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY..!
DISPENSING DEADLY DRUGS…
THAT RESULT IN ALMOST NIGHTLY SHOOTINGS AND MURDERS IN PALMDALE AND LANCASTER…
INFILTRATE THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA AND FIND OUT ABOUT THESE HARMFUL PARTIES…
AND THEN SWOOP IN AND LOAD THEM ALL IN A LASD BUS…
AND TAKE THEM DOWN TO A BIG ALL WEEKEND LONG PARTY AT THE COP HOUSE…
Seems odd that they would have a restriction against being able to grow outdoors, or in a greenhouse, in an area with so much sunlight. Requiring indoor growing increases initial expenses which, presuming the operator/grower has sufficient capital to start off with, will be paid for by the consumers. No reason given in this op-ed for this governmental price increase on businesses and consumers, or the substantially increased barrier to entry they are imposing for small entrepreneurs that might want to get into this industry.
Tim Scott says
Barger’s only concern with cannabis regulation is whatever is best for her patron Wrecks and his ragweed growing operation. Since they can’t produce quality product their only path is to supress as much competition as they can find a way to suppress.
As a clear apologist for Barger, perhaps you could illuminate us with the sound logic behind such a decision that’s not related to corrupt influences?
Tim Scott says
LOL….”perhaps Frank could illuminate us with sound logic…”
Dude, have you not been reading Frank’s posts? Perhaps pigs will grow wings and fart rainbows…that’s a hundred times more likely.
America's Most Escaped The Asylum says
“Dude, have you not been reading Frank’s posts? Perhaps pigs will grow wings and fart rainbows…that’s a hundred times more likely.”
How do you know it’s ragweed Tim? Are you a smoker? We know you’re a joker.
Tim Scott says
I know people in the industry…most sides of the industry. Wrecks and his cronies are from the “I had a plant in my closet when I was a pimple face” crowd and they are too arrogant to think that anyone knows more than they do…so they grow stuff that would have been ‘the bomb’…in the eighties. And unless they drive literally every other grower out of business their crap will never sell until federal legalization and big corporate processing come into play.
By the way, a lot of my relationships in the industry are founded on the fact that they know I have no interest in their product…and that I will always hold my mud. Does anyone trust you like that? I can tell you that NO ONE trusts Wrecks like that…and anyone that trusts Wrecks at all is a fool. His word is exactly as good as the leverage held over him, and not a shred more. Gutless dishonorable scum that one; always has been.
SOME MORE ANTELOPE VALLEY PROBLEMS THAT ARE WAY MORE PRESSING…
THAN POT GREEN HOUSES OUT IN THE DESERT…
1. WHOLESALE CRIMINAL TOXIC DUMPING IN THE DESERT…
2. UNSAFE STREETS, PARKS AND SCHOOLS…
3. BLOOD HIGHWAY 138 WITH ITS NEW DEATH TRAP SIDEWALK IN PEARBLSSOM…
4. WIDE SCALE ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AVAILABILITY AND USE ALL YEAR LONG…
5. SNOOKIE’S GENTLEMAN’S CLUB…
6. SEX CRIMINALS LIVING AMONGST US…
7. HIGH COUNTY TAXES…
8. INEFFECTIVE DUI ENFORCEMENT…
9. INNOCENT CHILDREN TORN FROM PARENTS AND FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION AND DRUG ADDICTION BY YOUR LA COUNTY DCFS…
10. LA COUNTY WORKERS DOING SIDE GIGS WHILE ON DUTY…
WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM WITH GREEN HOUSES..?
MORE COUNTY TAXES WILL ENCOURAGE THE UNDERGROUND ECONOMY…
LA COUNTY MESSES UP EVERYTHNG THEY TOUCH…
PLENTY OF MORE PRESSING PROBLEMS THAT ARE LIFE AND DEATH MATTER…
LEAVE POT ALONE…
GET AFTER THE DEADLY METH AND FENTYNAL KILLERS…
Just a guy with six plants in the back yard says
The black market continues to have a lucrative future. I support complete deregulation Country wide.
I believe that would be detrimental in many aspects of our country. Good regulation allows for better consistency of product, product safety, and a whole host of benefits to the consuming community… Which is why we regulate pretty much everywhere. Yes, regulations can be annoying, but the alternatives have repercussions that can go all the way to death for consumers (remember snake oil salesmen?).
Ed Rosenthal says
Detrimental to the Country? Good regulation allows for better consistency of product, product safety?
There’s zero truth truth to any of that. Fear mongrel much?
It has been and always will be about money.
America's Most Learned From Stinger says
Ed said: There’s zero truth truth to any of that.”
OK. Fair enough. Now do you have any facts or evidence to validate your vague point?
Thank you. sir.
Sooo… ‘Zero truth to any of that’? Really? Your statement is, therefore, a claim that regulations have no benefit at all. You are suggesting that we remove all regulations on everything? Guess we don’t need those pesky traffic laws, eh, Ed? Or those laws about murder, rape, mayhem, etc… Oh, didn’t you realize that laws are ‘regulations,’ Ed? They allow civilization to function. Food safety regulations allow for a safer community when they eat, whether food is from a store or eaten at a restaurant.
For what it’s worth, Ed, I didn’t say that you have to like ’em. But, they are necessary for a civilized country to operate.
Oh… and, “Fear mongrel much?” Ummm… that made zero sense, Ed.
Even presuming that what you meant to say was, “Fear monger much?”, the accusation has no validity as nobody was trying to instill any fear, reasonable or not, in anyone in my, or anybody else’s postings in this thread.
Ed… You seem to be unnecessarily your projecting internal fears upon external subjects. Have you considered therapy to try to recover your balance?
America's Most Hates Auto Correct says
” mongrel”, LOL. Auto spell correction $ucks, doesn’t it? If most Americans were educated, it wouldn’t need to exist.
America's Most Leads The Way says
“Pot leads to other drugs.”
Hmmmmm…. Since it makes you live longer, I’ll go with “statins”. Did I win?
BTW Frank: Don’t you have any other issues that you want to rant about like a nazi ? Why won’t you weigh in about drag queens or some other debate with similar biblical repercussions?
“Pot leads to other drugs.”
Occasionally, this is true. This is also occasionally true of cigarettes and alcohol (both drugs, btw).
I’m curious if your opinion continues to hold for those who smoke cigarettes and drink alcoholic beverages? Are these people also losers and scumbags in Frankworld?
Wild Game Inovations says
Going to a Dodger game leads me to beer
Pot leads me to the refrigerator
Sex leads me to a cigarette
America's Most Hates The Dodgers says
I’d really like your comment except you’re a Dodger fan. GO YANKEES!
Well… At least you’re consistent. ;-)
America's Most Is Ignorant Again says
Tim Scott says
America’s Most Slow On The Uptake…that’s just the usual move from Frank to try to impress Beecee…gotta throw in a bigoted slur every other post.
Ahhhhhhhh – RUN
Doom and Gloom ACE – move to place of your liking. You’re not obligated to live here.