US (CA): "The permitting process is broken"

El Dorado County Growers Alliance members say they plan to sue the county and its Board of Supervisors for blocking several commercial cannabis applicants from receiving licenses.

Applicant and Shingle Springs resident Lee Tannenbaum said he has been in the application process since late 2019. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has not given approval or denial for Tannenbaum’s application to the Planning Commission, which has seemingly been held up on background checks, according to Tannenbaum. “There have been 10,000 licenses issued in the other legalized counties in this state since the time we passed the law, but El Dorado for some reason can’t seem to issue one,” Tannenbaum said.

Tannenbaum’s attorney James Brunello wrote to the Board of Supervisors on October 11 to address issues with the application process, which members of the Growers Alliance have also tried to do numerous times to no avail, according to the letter. Tannenbaum said he has had similar luck with Sheriff John D’Agostini.

Brunello’s letter states that the permitting process is “broken,” disregards the will of county voters, and exposes the county to potential liability due to privacy violations.

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