California Community Blocks Construction of Cannabis Grow, Citing Odor Concerns

This week, a residential community in California’s Central Valley rallied together to stop the construction of a 30,000 square foot grow facility.

One of their main problems with the cannabis grow facility application? Marijuana odor, of course.

One resident, curious about what it would be like to live near a cannabis cultivation facility, drove to a grow facility in a neighboring town. At the Stanislaus County Board Meeting on Tuesday, she recounted the experience for the Board of Supervisors.

The odor emanating from the marijuana grow, she said, had made her daughter sick.

The Board took note of these concerns.

The principal of the local middle school also spoke at the meeting.

“When I’m at my school site, we experience a lot of odors out in the country,” he explained, “and most of them are very recognizable.”

He foresaw a future where his middle-school students would constantly be catching whiffs of a new kind of agricultural odor: marijuana.

“If you can imagine a bunch of 10, 11, 12, 13-year-olds asking ‘what’s that smell,’ or ‘what’s this all about,’” he continued, “I can only imagine how much time I’m going to have to take to talk to my students about what is in our neighborhood now, and what is happening.”

The Board noted the odor concerns, and decided to allow the growers to seek another site. They expressed interest in siting marijuana grows in industrial-zoned areas, as opposed to local agricultural areas like the former dairy and unused acreage the Central Valley Growers had hoped to build on.

The Chairman of the Board described this outcome as “democracy at its best.” It’s unclear whether any of the other attendees found this to be a bit of an overstatement.

This story of proposed marijuana operations being thwarted is not uncommon.

In fact, earlier this week, Civilized ran a story titled “How the Vocal Anti-Marijuana Minority is Sabotaging Legal Cannabis.”

And unmitigated cannabis odors can give the vocal anti-marijuana crowd more ammunition, as in the Mountain View case this week.

Thanks to this increasingly-common problem, the August issue of the Marijuana Business Magazine featured a story about the various odor-control systems employed by growers today.

The experts interviewed for the piece agreed that carbon filters were inadequate for combating odors released from commercial grow facilities.

“It’s not that carbon filters don’t do anything,” one odor scientist told Marijuana Business Magazine. “But they don’t get all the odors that come out.”

To have any chance of neutralizing odors, she explained, your odor-control system must “make contact with the odorous molecules” themselves.

Fortunately, the Odor Buster does exactly that. Contact us for more information about how you can successfully eliminate cannabis odors from your grow!