26 January 2016
CBS Sacramento reports
Cannabis cultivation was made legal in the county in May, and since then, people opposed to the law gathered enough signatures that the board of supervisors was forced decide: accept the results of the petition, or kick it back to the voters to decide.
The board unanimously voted Tuesday to let the people make up their minds.
Marijuana growers who’ve invested thousands in their businesses spoke out about the decision.
“We’re good people just like everybody else trying to get into a business to try and bring an economic boom to the county,” said Caz Tomaszewski a marijuana grower, and head of a local cannabis organization.
“I’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Tomaszewski.
His story is similar to the nearly 800 others who applied for permits and started cannabis businesses after the board of supervisors legalized growing.
Calaveras County, one of the poorest in the state, has already pulled in nearly $4 million in application fees. But opponents aren’t seeing the green benefits..
The referendum will happen on May 2. Voters will have to mail in their ballots.
If a ban takes place, most of the permit and application dollars will be returned. The county could face dozens of lawsuits from marijuana cultivators.
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