Casey O’Neill: On the cannabis permitting situation, and how to move forward (op-ed)


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    • Hello. I just wanted everyone to know that our potter Valley farm was licensed, compliant, we are vetted and grandfathered in with the county and state of California.
      2016 was the year of prop 64. We had been at our farm since 2007.
      In 2017 during the pg&e fires, we got evacuated, while corrupt MCSD came and robbed and illegally raided us.
      A year to the day, the corrupt sheriff’s came to rob us, we called for help, they turned on us, lied to us saying, on a Sunday, they called the CDFA and said our licenses were not current.
      They then proceeded to destroy everything, again!
      We have since surrendered our hard earned licenses and walked away from the farm.
      Going legal is a big fat joke, and now this is a full on civil rights battle!
      We are right now, suing the MCSD. Have a nice day.
      Skunkworx pharms llc defunct

  1. For those that did not read the 62 pages of Prop 64 beforehand- it read as clear effort to narrow the state down to 5 major producers, give or- well, mostly take. Better legislation is in order. Making sense of this mess.. like dragging your mind thru a mine field. You ever see a politician give money back?!?! That there’s a start I suppose. Better legislation needs drawn, voted on, and enacted. My 2k sq ft farm can’t even enter this “market”. All I ever grew was enough for my friends and I… Bad Capitalist! All respect to your efforts. TYFYS-

    This is the Drug War 2.0: Where only the rich may enjoy their intoxicants.
    We can do better.

    • CHHA 2020 was/is the answer. No one wants to listen but they love to complain about 64. 64 needs to be thrown in the trash and replaced with the long thought out and edited Jack Herer Act. Mendocino growers have so disappointed me with their willingness to accept over regulated 64 and work with it rather than get rid of it. This is politics. The left loves regs and 64, conservatives for a change are much more friendly to the bud and breakfast tourist industry marijuana would bring to this area. Floating around is 64 is just a dead end from a business prospective. Weed’s not supposed to be about business nor making more money than than effort expended, it’s for healing. As long as people keep staring at the money the farther from the Universe they move into their own ego.

  2. Casey O’Neill spells out the challenges Mendocino County growers face in trying to qualify for county and state cannabis-growing permits and licenses. Many small farmers have given up hope of becoming legal. It’s easy to understand their frustration. After more than three years, the county has issued only 270 permits out of 1,429 permit applications received. More than 800 applications are waiting for approval from the California Dept. of Food and Agriculture or the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. Forty-two percent of Mendocino County applications from 2017 are still under review by the county. Although the state has issued more than 800 provisional licenses to local cultivators here, those licenses will expire in December 2021 and cannot be renewed. Without an annual state license, permitted farms will be illegal. The result of this insanity is that outlaw grows are escalating across the county– on steep hillsides and in plain sight–with hoop houses, generators, lights and more. Small growers who dreamed of having a legal business have gone underground again or quit. Casey is a saint for his continued efforts to work with local and state officials as they design ever more labyrinthian solutions. Did it have to be so complicated??

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