Stanislaus County is still plagued by illegal marijuana grows 4 years after Prop. 64

The Modesto Bee reports..

Stanislaus County has issued 39 permits for cannabis commercial operations in almost three years since adopting regulations for the newly legalized industry.

County supervisors received a report on the county’s cannabis program Tuesday and also heard about efforts to eradicate illegal marijuana grows that plague local communities.

According to the report, 16 businesses holding 26 permits are actively engaged in cultivation, distribution, manufacturing and retail sales of cannabis products in unincorporated areas. The county is reviewing applications for eight additional permits.

The county imposed a limit of 61 commercial cannabis permits in rolling out a “conservative allowance strategy” after Proposition 64 in 2016 legalized adult marijuana use and established a regulated cannabis industry in California. Modesto and the eight other cities in Stanislaus County have their own policies for approving dispensaries and other cannabis enterprises.

Some applicants who cleared background checks and the county’s vetting process ran into opposition from neighbors at land-use hearings or were not approved for waivers when their projects violated residential setbacks.


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