Nevada County cannabis advocates push for pathway to legal market – The Union of Grass Valley

Nevada County supervisors couldn’t have mistaken the message — quickly allow local cannabis cultivators to enter the legal market or they could miss out on another year’s grow season.

Diana Gamzon, executive director of the Nevada County Cannabis Alliance, two weeks ago urged supervisors to provide local authorization at their Tuesday meeting. That local authorization is essential to gaining a temporary state license before the Dec. 31 cut-off date imposed by California.

Both local authorization and a state license are needed to enter the legal market.

Supervisors and county staff say they want growers to have licenses for next year’s growing season. After over two years of at time contentious conversations between the two sides, the county and cannabis advocates appear to want the same thing.

Problem is, local authorization wasn’t on the agenda for Tuesday’s supervisor meeting, and a permanent grow ordinance — along with an environmental review — remain several months away.

“At this time the county hasn’t made a decision about what a potential local authorization would look like,” Gamzon said.

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Supervisor Ed Scofield, chairman of the board, said in an email that county staff is working with cannabis farmers.

Sean Powers, director of the county’s Community Development Agency, said in an email that staff anticipates updated information from the state this week about what he called an evolving licensing system. Once they have that information, staff will determine what to recommend to the Board of Supervisors, if anything.

“We all have the same goal of wanting permits and licenses available for the 2019 season,” Scofield said in an email.

Timeline

According to Gamzon, the time required to apply for and get a license, along with the county’s review under the California Environmental Quality Act, are possible barriers to getting plants

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