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  1. Ron Strider

    CA: County Cannabis License Option No Guarantee For Growers

    While Santa Cruz County planners sort through the more than 200 last-minute responses to the proposed cannabis environmental impact report, plans are in the works to allow qualified growers temporary permits. State voters last year approved Proposition 64 that legalizes recreational use of...
  2. Ron Strider

    CA: 'Significant Concerns' Over Interim Cannabis Permitting

    Over the strong objections of the county's environmental advocates and the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW), the Planning Commission has voted to allow hundreds of existing marijuana growers to continue cultivating before they finish the permitting process. At the Oct. 19...
  3. K

    As Cannabis Cultivation Grows, CA Wrestles With Marijuana's Environmental Impact

    The environmental impact of marijuana farming remains a major concern as California inches closer to potentially passing Proposition 64, which will legalize recreational weed. Local lawmakers are busily drafting legislation to encourage conservation and to safeguard ecosystems already threatened...
  4. K

    CA: Mendocino County Cannabis Regulation Process Delayed

    Development of the county's blueprint for comprehensive cannabis regulation has been delayed by two weeks after an apparent miscommunication between supervisors and planning staff over zoning exemptions for established marijuana grows. Building and Planning Department staff members will...
  5. K

    Plant Seeds Of Environmentally Friendly Cannabis Industry Now

    Investors jumping in during the Canadian cannabis industry's early days may find themselves wishing they'd waited a bit, as the current model for building a domestic industry is not sustainable. The same is true for U.S. operations. While likely unpopular, I issue this caution because the...