County may need 22 new employees to handle permits, licensing of cannabis operations, enforcing regulations

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  Privacy Policy Santa Barbara County may have to hire the equivalent of 22 new employees at a cost of $4.31 million to deal with permitting and licensing cannabis operations and enforcing cannabis regulations. That’s the latest estimate the Executive Office staff will deliver to the Board of Supervisors, along with a proposed cannabis licensing ordinance, when it meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The meeting will take place in the board hearing room of the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Parkway in Santa Maria. The estimated total increase in staffing is less than the number provided to supervisors in December, when the estimate was the equivalent of 26.5 employees. But the total cost is higher than in December, when the estimated cost of the projected additional staffing totaled $4 million. A staff report from Executive Office says there are a number of reasons for the changes, including that the December estimates were based on the anticipated 250 or more permit and license applications projected from the cannabis registry. County may need 22 new employees to handle permits, licensing of cannabis operations, enforcing regulations

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