We must ensure the viability of the small farmer in the new regulated market
In an interesting change of course the Department of Food and Agriculture chose NOT to include the 1 acre cap in the emergency rules, despite it being included in the Environmental Impact Report. Take this survey and tell the CDFA that we will NOT stand for backroom deals that puts small farmers in jeopardy.
It is a well known fact that California is an agricultural powerhouse. We supply the nation and the world with hundreds of agricultural products. One of them is cannabis. Unlike every other crop, cannabis can only be legally sold in California. This is a significant challenge for everyone–from farmers to policy makers.
The challenges of regulating cannabis will be much more severe if we open the flood gates to large scale mega grows too quickly. That is why the state legislature did not include licenses larger than 1 acre in the MMRSA in 2015 or the MCRSA in 2016. That is why Prop 64 delayed the issuance of large scale license until 2023. That is why the Environmental Impact Report didn’t consider grows larger than an acre.