The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took the first glimpses at a draft ordinance to require employer and employee background checks for commercial cannabis cultivation operations. An ordinance to legalize commercial growing is scheduled to be reviewed by the Calaveras County Planning Commission on Aug. 22.
At an April 16 study session, supervisors directed staff to bring forward a separate background check ordinance as a companion to the commercial cannabis cultivation ordinance after hearing recommendations from Sheriff Rick DiBasilio.
Under the proposed ordinance, an employer would receive a Commercial Cannabis Clearance Badge from the county after passing a background check. That would also apply to employees working on cannabis grow sites, but the business owner would likely take on the burden of employee screening, based on discussions among staff and supervisors. An employer could be cited and have his or her license revoked if a worker is identified as not having a badge issued by authorities on a grow site.