US (CA): State may soon assist cannabis growers in letting customers know where it is grown

Sonoma Hills Farm is a place of big dreams for owner Aaron Keffer. He’d like, for example, to be known for his cannabis crop. And he could get a big hand in that this year from the state. It’s preparing rules so consumers will know what specific area their weed comes from.

Much like their grape-based cousins — the American Viticultural Area, or AVA — appellations are regulatory indicators of the geographic origin for the grown food and beverage crop. The provider may then label their package as coming from that region.

As a 17-year chef-turned rancher and farmer, Keefer hopes one day his 37-acre farm will turn into an all-day venue for guests and locals who want to enjoy the finer things about Sonoma County. The 48-year-old, who grew up on a farm in upstate New York, envisions a scene in which guests stroll around the grounds learning about cannabis grow operations, cattle ranching and beekeeping with wine in their glasses and a farm-fresh meal awaiting. The scene may amount to a dream come true for foodies seeking a destination.

First, the former French Laundry culinary gardener plans to become the first organically-certified craft cannabis grower. Paving the path to prosperity for Keefer, the state closed the public comment period on May 6 for its Cannabis Appellations Program. Now the comments are being reviewed and will be made available to the public, the California Department of Food and Agriculture indicated.

Read more at sonomanews.com


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