'High' School Reeks of Pot and Parents Aren't Pleased: 'It Really Bothers a Lot of Other People'
Carpinteria High in California is beside a legal pot growing operation.
A California high school reeks of marijuana, but the students aren't to blame.
Carpinteria High has an aroma problem, and it's all thanks to the legal pot farms located nearby.
"Recently I was dropped off and my mom and me we both smelled this very skunky smell but I'm pretty sure it was the weed," senior Kevin Locklear told KCOY.
Locklear says the stench is at its worst in the morning.
"I think it doesn't matter to me, but it really bothers a lot of other people. It is a smell that smells like skunk — really it is not a really pleasing smell," he said. "They should make a windmill so it blows somewhere else and not in our school."
Some school officials say it's not just unseemly, but dangerous for the smell to so often be present at the school, located just south of Santa Barbara.
"To have that come and be maybe a temptation for them and it could be a trigger for them and it is unfortunate that that is something we have to worry about," after school program specialist David Pennington said.
And with some people complaining of headaches, officials have even suggested the smell could pose a health risk.
"Anyone who believes they are experiencing an adverse health effect from cannabis, either the smell in the air or personal use, should see a health care provider [for] a diagnosis and treatment," Santa Barbara County Public Health officer Charity Dean said. "As people see their health care provider, we will have a stronger sense of what the health effects will be for our community."
Politicians have reportedly talked about creating regulations about regulating marijuana operations' proximity to schools.
However, the school is located within the city of Carpinteria and the greenhouse is located in the outlying county, which complicates any potential regulation.
Santa Barbara County supervisors are scheduled to next discuss recreational marijuana issues at their Nov. 14 meeting.
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