The recently-formed Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association sponsored a cannabis-based information booth during the 66th annual Lompoc Valley Flower Festival, which may have been a festival first. 

The trade association, which was developed this spring to advocate for the local cannabis industry, had a booth at the June festival that was sponsored by CropLand Health, a local medical marijuana collective. The booth attracted about 500 visitors, who came with questions, concerns, feedback and support, according to Joe A. Garcia, one of the co-founders of the Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association.

Garcia said that an official with the Lompoc Valley Festival Association noted that the booth drew no complaints and invited the cannabis association to return to next year’s festival.

In a separate matter, the 80-member association conducted its first elections for three temporary board members.

John De Friel, a Santa Barbara County Agricultural Advisory Commission appointee, ran unopposed and will serve as the association’s first president.

Chantel Green was elected to serve as the association’s first secretary, and Stacy Wooten was selected as treasurer.

“I am pleased to be able to serve as secretary for the LVCA,” Green said. “I am happy to take on these responsibilities and help create a welcoming and fair environment for all.”

Wooten also expressed excitement.

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“I look forward to serving as the LVCA’s temporary treasurer in the beginning phases of this nonprofit organization,” she said. “I will make sure to uphold my duties as acting treasurer in order to make this organization successful.”

The temporary board members will work with co-founders Garcia and Matthew Dula to transition the association

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