Calaveras County growers in Northern California may have been tentatively enthused last week when the Board of Supervisors directed staff to prepare regulatory ordinances that would allow the area to rejoin the state’s cannabis industry.
The county’s Board of Supervisors voted to ban cannabis entirely from the county in January of 2018, right when the rest of the state was celebrating the legalization of recreational weed. The decision was devastating for local growers, who were given just three months to halt production on their property. No concessions were made for refunding the various fees the growers had already paid to the county to set up their businesses.
But on Tuesday, months after November’s elections displaced some of the county’s most fervent anti-pot elected officials, Supervisors spent most of the day on the process of revamping cannabis policy. They discussed the finer points of what re-legalization would look like in the county. Among the items up for analysis were the size of permitted grows, potential centralized facilities for processing marijuana, and application requirements for growers. No immediate conclusion was reached on any of these items.
The day started with presentations from the sheriff, public works, building and safety, code enforcement, waste