The odor of marijuana has driven some residents of Carpinteria — just outside Ventura County — to sue local growers.
The lawsuit filed Thursday contends the growers should seal their greenhouses and use “carbon-based filtration methods,” KEYT-TV reported.
It’s an issue that many Ventura County residents may be able to relate to. Cultivation of industrial hemp — the same plant as marijuana but with far less of the chemical THC that produces a “high” — has raised complaints from neighbors due to the strong skunklike odor.
The lawsuit from residents of Carpinteria, in far south Santa Barbara County, claims that so-called vapor-phase systems currently in use to mitigate odors can actually cause eye irritation and worsen allergies and asthma.