When California legalized recreational marijuana, you knew some things would change in daily life as a result. But for one California town, that change has been a little too stinky.
Carpinteria, California is a coastal town about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles. After cannabis legalization began, many people living in the town of 14,000 people began growing marijuana. In fact, so many people are doing so, that residents are complaining about that the town smells like skunk.
Carpinteria is located in Santa Barbara county, which currently holds the most cannabis cultivation licenses of any county in California. Of the county's 800 marijuana licenses, two-thirds are in Carpinteria and another town called Lompoc. Needless to say, that's a lot of cannabis growers for a town of only 14,000.
While residents can complain about the smell all the way, they can't ignore the economic implications. Carpinteria used to be one of the largest growers of domestic cut-flowers. But in the 1990's, the United States government made deals with South American countries to import their flowers. American cut-flowers growers have seen their market share drop ever since.
But all those greenhouses that once housed flowers are perfect for cannabis. Not only that, but they can also harvest multiple times a year, while growers living in the "Emerald Triangle" of Northern California can only harvest once a year. From an economic perspective, cannabis is a huge boon for the community.
However, the smell could become an issue. While state law may allow the licenses, local governments are still in charge of making their own regulations when it comes to noise, odor and other issues related to cannabis. If the smell really is becoming an issue, people may get the government to do something about it.
Although there's probably a lot of stoners out there who would love to live in this town.
(h/t CBS News)