County Releases Ranking for Orcutt Cannabis Dispensary Applicants After Legal Challenge – Noozhawk
Santa Barbara County released a list Thursday of ranked applicants for an Orcutt cannabis dispensary, one of six locations that could be permitted in unincorporated areas.
Some local cities have decided to ban the retail storefront dispensaries completely; others have capped the number, and Lompoc allows an unlimited number of them.
The county already has released a final list of ranked applicants for five other dispensary locations, but the Orcutt location selection was paused because of a legal challenge.
Natural Healing Center Orcutt 405 sued the county after its application for the location was denied last year. A Superior Court judge initially ordered a stay on the selection process for the Orcutt location, and then in a Friday order, denied the cannabis business’ petition for the court to rescore the application.
Judge Colleen Sterne wrote, “County had discretion on how many points to award (or not award) in each section based upon the information provided by NHC.”
The court does not find that the application was scored incorrectly, she wrote. The county awarded the application 84 points, which is one shy of the 85 needed to advance to the