California cannabis farmers sue state over loophole allowing multiple licenses

The California Growers Association has filed a lawsuit against the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture for allowing companies to own multiple licenses and operate major grows.

According to The Mendocino Voice, the association has accused the department of allowing a regulatory loophole in which a company could “obtain and aggregate unlimited smaller cultivation licenses to operate a cultivation site larger than the legal limit.”

The issue of multiple licenses also was raised Jan. 12 when California regulators held a public forum for members of the growers association.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • The department’s initial regulations included a 1-acre limit on cultivation operations.
  • The growers association asserts that Proposition 64 – the bill voters approved in 2016 – originally gave small- and medium-sized cultivators five years to set up operations before larger operators could begin growing.
  • The association has circulated a petition over the past two months calling for the 1-acre limit to be reinstated, according to The Mendocino Voice. The petition has received 3,200 signatures.
  • California’s cities and counties are allowed to set their own regulations on the size of grows. Mendocino County, for example, caps cultivation operations at 10,000 square feet under its current ordinance.
2 comments on “California cannabis farmers sue state over loophole allowing multiple licenses
  1. Ronald Chamberlain on

    Everybody needs to call their congressmen and senators to insist they vote for the REFER ACT HR 4779 IN ORDER TO STOP PEOPLE LIKE SESSIOSNS FROM EXERCISING HIS INTOLERABLE IGNORANCE AND PREJUDICES. CANNABIS IS THE MEDICINE OF THE FUTURE.

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    • Leacia Phillips on

      to whom this may concern .other countries have been growing cannabis for year’s They support their country with it .With all the different opinons about cannabis for many of years the drug cartel has been in business for many of years.But for every crop gets burnt or seized its kind of strange how it still keeps growing all around the world .Its good for everything .WE can make clothes, building materials .you can even make houses out of it .I believe it is one crop I belevie will never leave this earth .So why can’t some of the people that consume it be able to have a retirement in it .IF it is a legal operation with the proper Licenes.To operate them it can be taxed and used for many purposes in this world. They say when you get Lemons through at you make Lemonaid. So cannabis is the same thing.Sincerly Your’s

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