Although Logan Estimates There Are 5,000 Cannabis Operations In The County, Only A Small Number Sought Permits, Likely Because They Were Swamped By The Amount Of Regulation Involved In Bringing New Industrial Spaces And Old Farms Into Compliance.

“It feels really amazing,” said the longtime cannabis grower, who paid a friend to camp overnight in line in anticipation of a rush that never materialized. “We’re excited to build out our vision.” Kohley was among about 30 people seeking a permit under the county’s cannabis ordinance adopted in December, two months after California voters legalized marijuana for Marijuana Stocks recreational use. The ordinance sets requirements for cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, transporters, testing facilities, dispensaries and nurseries. Locally permitted businesses are expected to have an edge when the state opens its process for issuing state licenses. “This is the beginning of a long process for the end of prohibition,” said Tawnie Logan, chairwoman of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance and the California Growers Association, who was at the county offices Wednesday. Although Logan estimates there are 5,000 cannabis operations in the county, only a small number sought permits, likely because they were swamped by the amount of regulation involved in bringing new industrial spaces and old farms into compliance. However, she commended the county for being among the first to adopt such a plan. And she said the fees were modest compared to other jurisdictions like Desert Hot Springs in Southern California, which charges five times as much for a similar permit and development application. “I’d say the industry is overwhelmed by how fast things are moving,” Logan said. Supervisor Lynda Hopkins said the county will assemble a cannabis advisory committee in the coming weeks to help with any fine-tuning. The committee will be composed of medical marijuana purveyors as well as community members.

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