Small Growers Struggling to Get Into the Big Market, According to Meeting Held Thursday in Ukiah
An article in the Emerald Report, a cannabis centered news site affiliated with the Press Democrat out of Santa Rosa, reported on Thursday night’s hearing in Ukiah which included government officials and cannabis industry experts. According to the article, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar was “unequivocal in his biting analysis that both state and local regulations are prohibitively stringent and have stifled the ability of existing cultivators to legalize their operations.”
The writer, Julie Johnson, quotes Linegar as saying,
If the overall goal of the program was to favor a corporate, big dollar, new money industry then we have succeeded…If the goal was to create a workable pathway for existing operators, then I think we have failed.
The overall feeling expressed in the article was that small farmers were being squeezed out while corporations were snapping up many of the permits. According to the article, Mark Shaffer of Comptche, a cannabis grower, pointed out that in Santa Barbara County one “entity was said to have nabbed 87 cultivation licenses.” This was confirmed at the hearing.
Interestingly, Bill Silver of CannCraft said there weren’t enough licensed operators to get his company the cannabis it needs.” The article quoted him as saying, “There’s no way we can stay in business unless something happens to free up supply, it’s a chokehold.”
Read the entire article here.