Large California marijuana grow loses business license after code violations

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A sizable cannabis cultivation operation on the Central California coast may find itself out of business after county supervisors voted to revoke the company’s permit.

The situation highlights why MJ businesses in the state must remain vigilant and ready to prove they are operating under local code regulations.

According to The (San Luis Obispo) Tribune, the owner of the grow, CFAM Management Group, is accused of ignoring multiple code violations, including:
  • Uncontrolled marijuana odors wafting into neighbors’ homes.
  • Unpermitted structures on the site.
  • Product processing for which the site didn’t have permission.

San Luis Obispo County officials said they don’t expect the business to make any good-faith efforts to rectify the situation, which has been ongoing for years, the newspaper reported.

CFAM runs a 333,000-square-foot operation in the town of Nipomo that includes mixed-light cultivation, a nursery, tissue culture lab and drying and processing facility. The operation was founded in 2016.

But after the vote to rescind a permit granted by the county planning commission, CFAM was required to cease all operations immediately, The Tribune reported.

The future of the grow wasn’t immediately clear.

The newspaper reported that a CFAM attorney said the business had been trying to address some of the issues that put its license in jeopardy.

But the state Department of Food and Agriculture also is looking into the alleged code violations, which could doom CFAM’s Nipomo grow.