BY SELENA ROLDAN
Summer is right around the corner, and with temperatures soon to rise, it has been reported that cannabis industries will be on the urge of their farms being neglected by Gavin Newsom’s drought plan. Newsom made a plan to pay farmers not to grow their farms to save California from being in a drought. The two critical watersheds start from the Sierra Nevada to Northern California.
Cannabis advocates are upset that they don’t see their farms on the list of farms: Michael Katz, executive director of the Mendocino Cannabis Alliance, says, “It’s an unfortunate double standard that some farmers are deemed worthy of receiving this kind of support, but cannabis farmers, who are still fighting to have cultivating cannabis plants recognized as agriculture, are in a position where they have no ability to pause their operations and their tax burden without endangering their ability to remain in the licensed market,”
Over 900 licensed Cannabis businesses have been trying to be defended by policies of local governments that manage the drought conditions. The state’s department of cannabis control is still under review for this problem for cannabis farm growers. We hope to see these farmers be taken seriously to be part of the new planned policies this upcoming year.