Could Strict Cannabis Regulations Creep Over and Affect Small Food Farmers?
A story in the Mendocino Voice touches on the possible creep of regulations first intended to affect cannabis growers. These regulations could affect food farmers. According to the story about Mendocino County Board of Supervisors meeting on June 6,
Though the article doesn’t mention this, small cannabis farmers are also concerned that regulations about bathrooms, etc., meant to protect workers at large cultivation sites are onerous for family farms.
In a letter to the board, a man named Mike Adams, who described himself as a “small scale food and cannabis grower,” [cited] the requirements that greenhouses used for cannabis cultivation must be equipped with bathrooms and parking spaces that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). “Although this regulation may seem fair to some,” he wrote, “if applied to non-cannabis agriculture–and I imagine it’s only a matter of time until it would–many of Mendocino’s small food producers would be facing compliance obstacles that would make it too costly to continue farming.”
The article linked below addresses other cannabis issues also including one speaker at the meeting who says he “calculated…approximately $40,000 in fees, taxes, and compliance costs of doing business in the cannabis industry.”