Nevada City, CA – The South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) has released the results of its preliminary Cannabis Impact Survey conducted earlier this year.
The purpose of this questionnaire was to gather feedback from community members and cultivators about attitudes and concerns associated with cannabis cultivation throughout the watershed as well as feedback about the compliance process.
“SYRCL was motivated to conduct the survey in order to hear directly from the community—growers and non-growers alike—about any impacts cannabis cultivation may be having on their lives and the environment,” said Melinda Booth, SYRCL’s Executive Director. “Additionally, given the low rate of interest seen for growers to come into compliance thus far, we wanted to better understand any barriers that may be preventing further enrollment.”
Of an estimated 3,500 cannabis cultivators in Nevada County, only around 3% of those growers have come into compliance since the county approved regulations in May 2019.
Response to the survey came overwhelmingly from within Nevada County, with 96% of the 134 total respondents identifying as residents of the county. The remaining 4% of respondents were from Sierra, Placer, and Yuba counties. 62% of those surveyed self-identified as “community members” (do not cultivate), 20% as “hobby growers” (six plants or fewer), and 18% as “cannabis cultivators” (seven or more plants).
Of the 57 self-identified cultivators, only 19% had come into compliance with local regulations and an additional 14% were in the process of doing so. For the majority who were not in compliance, regulatory burden, cost, and lack of trust in government institutions were the primary reasons for not engaging in the process. Forty-five percent of those who had already come into compliance expressed neutrality about the process and outcomes while 35% were dissatisfied or very dissatisfied and 20% were satisfied or very satisfied.
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