- Posted by Laura Croft, Esq
- On January 16, 2017
- Ban, breaking, Calaveras county, cannabis, Commercial, cultivation, Initiative, regulation
A Calaveras County initiative to ban the commercial cultivation of Cannabis has gathered sufficient signatures to trigger a special election that could result in a ban on commercial cultivation. The initiative, promulgated by the Committee to Ban Commercial Cultivation, “bans all commercial marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, processing and delivery within unincorporated Calaveras County as well as dispensaries, while providing an exception for qualified medical patients under specified conditions.”
The Committee to Ban Commercial Cultivation, which spearheaded the effort to acquire the signatures necessary to get the initiative on the ballot, isssued the following statement: “This commercial industry has moved into our communities, neighborhoods and County turning residential property zones into commercial marijuana cultivation zones. Many of these commercial grows are being protected with firearms, guard dogs and thugs. Commercial marijuana cultivation is presently causing environmental damage in Calaveras County.”
Supporters of regulating commercial Cannabis point to the undisputed economic benefits of taxing commercial Cannabis activity. Calaveras Cannabis Alliance Director Mark Bolger explained that such tax “could bring – conservatively – between $5 million and $10 million into Calaveras County’s coffers, and that would turn the county around.” Calaveras County voters did approve taxing commercial Cannabis activity in the November election, a tax that could facilitate economic growth for Calaveras, propel community progress and greatly improve the quality of life for all residents. (Note correction: article updated reflecting passage of Measure C).
Proponents of regulation, over an outright ban, also voice a concern that an outright ban will increase illicit activity. Michael Falvey of Mountain Ranch, a nongrower whose property is surrounded by growers, explained his fear that a ban would leave much of the county’s backcountry to illicit growers. “A ban is not regulation.” “I want regulation. I want the sheriff driving up the driveways. With a ban, you won’t have that.” Calaveras Enterprise.
On January 24, 2017, the ballot measure will go to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, at which time they can immediately adopt the initiative, which would negate the need for an election. However, supervisors might determine that the public should vote on the matter and schedule a special election sometime during the spring, or delay the decision pending further input and reports relating to the initiative.
Check back in a few weeks for a status update on the commercial cultivation of Cannabis in Calaveras County. We invite you to contact CannaBusinessLaw for expert assistance in compliance with cannabis licensing, permitting and the application process relating to commercial Cannabis in California.