California county making progress on repeal of cannabis cultivation ban

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A California county is still working on a new regulatory regime to govern cannabis farmers, which could provide a way back into the legal market for hundreds of growers who’ve been stuck in limbo since January 2018.

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors’ new rulemaking began in February.

The movement marks a reversal from a ban enacted over a year ago by the former board, which left an estimated 750 MJ farmers without any legal way to continue growing.

The county is still figuring out how its new regulations will work, The Union Democrat of Sonora reported, and a draft ordinance must be approved by the county planning commission before the board of supervisors can sign off and make it law.

That all could take months.

But the fact that the board is actively working on allowing commercial MJ farms is a huge victory for local growers.

After the ban was enacted, a multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit was filed against the county on behalf of growers who paid fees and taxes to get local permits.

In November, two key members of the board of supervisors were ousted, clearing the way for an overturn of the cultivation ban.