3 thoughts on “Mendocino supes will consider reclassifying cannabis as ag at Dec. 8 meeting — will hold town hall, Dec. 16 discussing cannabis cultivation permits

  1. Many Mom & Pop “Heritage Farmers” have been living quite well in situations that would not pass building codes, yet have lived safe & happy for decades in their abodes…

    WHY do building codes even enter into the growing regulations..? It really has NO bearing on the ag activities, and the plants don’t care if you live in a trailer, teepee, or cave.

    Even though there is a DECLARED HOUSING SHORTAGE, living in a trailer is not supposed to happen unless you have a building permit to build a house (of some kind)…

    Yet people live in trailers all over this county, and the vast majority create zero problems.

    Remember 20 years ago Roy Hall said using an outhouse on a 20 acres parcel was not a problem..? He recognized that outhouses have worked well for millennia, and more important, that this is just how life IS when living in rural areas…

    We don’t live our lives to satisfy city people’s standards, we have our own standards, thank you…

    THESE ISSUES (above) ARE WHAT TRULY PREVENT A LARGE NUMBER OF MOM & POP GROWERS FROM EVEN CONSIDERING TO APPLY TO PROGRAMS WITH SO MUCH INTRUSIVE OVERSIGHT… we’ve lived our lives in a very private way for decades, and the thought of a bunch of city slickers coming out into the mtns to tell what we’re doing wrong is very distasteful…

    • Mountain Man, the problem is state voters passed Prop 64, which treats cannabis cultivation as commercial development. To play in the legal market, the cultivator needs a state license. The state will not issue licenses without state regulations being followed.

      I’m fine with your outhouse on 20 acres.

  2. Ted,
    In fact the problem is not the State or Prop 64 regarding building codes. CDFA does not care if you fasten a fan to an ag exempt hoop house or if you use a travel trailer for part time living, nor if you use a dehumidifier in an ag exempt barn to dry your crop. It is in fact the county that is making an issue of these trivial points and these are the issues that are keeping legacy cultivators from participating in the legal market. A cultivator staying compliant with all the different regulations from both the state, the county and all the environmental agencies DF&W the waterboard etc., runs a payroll and on top of all of this provides ADA compliant facilities, parking and engineered commercial buildings then what you have is a business that is unable to make enough of a profit to stay in business competing against 30 acre So-Cal farms with a measly 10Ksqft canopy. The county is killing this cash cow which happens to be the legacy of this county by over regulating building codes and not allowing local farmers enough canopy to compete in the commercial market. If it’s going to be regulated more strictly than any other industry around then we must allow enough canopy to justify all the expenses related to the regulation.

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