Cannabis Farmers Are Suing a California County After It Kicked Them Out

Cannabis Farmers Are Suing a California County After It Kicked Them Out

Calaveras County voted in January to ban commercial marijuana cultivation just two years after attempting to regulate it.

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September 10, 2018
VICE
Grower/Agriculture News State by State: California

Since early July, Jason Hauer has spent approximately seven hours commuting to and from San Francisco five days a week. The 40-year-old cannabis grower claims he was forced to find a job 124 miles away from his home in California’s rural Calaveras County after local politicians voted in January to ban commercial marijuana cultivation just two years after attempting to regulate it.

 

"I am doing the same thing I would be doing in Calaveras, working with a cultivator in San Francisco and providing assistance with their state and local applications," Hauer told Vice. "I am enriching somebody else when I could have been easily doing this in my hometown: providing jobs, economic activity, and a little profit for my family. But I stopped investing in my farm long before the deadline.”

 

The decision by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors early this year to ban grow operations in the area—20 months after granting temporary licenses to medical marijuana grows—has upset local pot cultivators who feel like the rug was pulled out from under them.


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