Mendocino County’s Cannabis Cultivation Program, overseen by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Planning and Building, has caused mounting frustration by all parties involved: county staff, permit seekers and the Board of Supervisors, which on Tuesday expressed intent to amend its cultivation ordinance.
The Department of Agriculture, in charge of approving applications, is reportedly being crushed under the weight of the new program. The total number of applications received by the department was 580 on Monday, while only one permit has been issued, as Supervisor Carre Brown said she was told three weeks ago.
“That’s not fair. It’s not right. It’s not the way we want the program to be operated,” she said. “I am very disappointed in the process.”
Complaints have poured in from the start of the process, some from confusion about what exactly is required from applicants.
Mare Murphy said she did not receive clear instruction from the county on her small growing operation, also arguing that requiring small grow sites to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act is unnecessary.
“I’ve been told probably 10 different things by the Planning and Building department,” she said. “I don’t understand why, on private property, when you’re not selling any cannabis there, and you’ve got a tiny little 25- or 50-plant garden, why you would have to have ADA facilities; it doesn’t make any sense to me…..”
Criticism of the county’s ordinance for potentially shutting the cottage (smallest-scale) industry out of the legal market has been the loudest cry from local established…
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