US (CA): Cannabis growing applicants facing hurdles

It’s not the green rush the county saw in 2016, but a mix of out-of-towners and locals are buying up rights to apply from formerly registered growers in hopes of cultivating commercial cannabis in Calaveras County. Others interested in buying back in are awaiting the results of an upcoming court hearing that could temporarily restrict the county from continuing its regulatory program.

In October of 2019, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors legalized cultivation for approximately 190 formerly registered farmers that were in good standing under the county’s 2016 Urgency Ordinance (UO).

Since two ordinances for cultivation and background checks took effect in December, the county has received 86 pre-applications, according to officials at the Division of Cannabis Control office. Twenty of those applicants have been issued letters of conditional authorization and submitted $251,220 in registration fees that still cannot be spent without authorization from four of five county supervisors.

For some farmers, policy uncertainty and the glut in legal canopy around the state kept them from putting their hat back in the ring.


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