Cannabis licenses back on Inyo Supervisors agenda

By Deb Murphy

The long, strange journey for legal commercial cannabis will enter a new stage at today’s Inyo County Supervisors’ meeting. The Board will hold a public hearing on licensing two retail operations in Zone 1, the Bishop area, but not the city itself.

MARIJUANA PLANT

The Board restricted the number of retail establishments in Zone 1 to two. Four applications came in but only two hit or exceeded the grading system. Applicants were required to score at least 80-percent on a series of criteria. PALS Associates, Inc. scored 88; Simply Green came in at 81-percent. The other two were close at 76- and 75-percent.

Inyo/Mono Agriculture Commissioner Nate Reade will also be recommending an annual licensing fee of $8,850. According to the Board’s agenda packet, that was the magic number that will “ensure full cost recovery” of regulating commercial cannabis businesses.

Assuming the Board will approve the licenses, the two retail operations still have a couple of hoops to jump through: a state license and the Conditional Use Permit process.

This is just the tip of the cannabis iceberg. According to meeting documents, Inyo received 35 license applications with 30 passing muster, leaving another 26 to come before the Board in the coming weeks.

The Board will also hold a public hearing on the first reading of an ordinance to govern industrial hemp operations. State law allows for unlicensed cultivation of hemp with THC levels higher than 0.3-percent as long as the cultivator is an “established agricultural research institution.”

The agenda packet identifies a couple of issues with the state. First, apparently there’s no real definition for an “established agricultural research institution,” and second, the possibility of cross pollination between industrial hemp and cannabis would force the destruction of the hemp plants or reduce the value of the cannabis.

Reade’s regulatory solution would be to require industrial hemp cultivation as an indoor-only operation with no possibility of pollen escape. Industrial hemp operations would also have to comply with restrictions imposed on cannabis cultivation.

,

10 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

Bob Klug…when us Liberals watch what’s going on in the white house AND in this Country now,maybe easier to deal with and get through when we’re stoned…but then again,plenty of laughs and comedy going on even without the weed…

Minute Man
Minute Man
3 years ago

Democracy sucks, doesn’t it, Bob?

Bob Klug
Bob Klug
3 years ago

Well, the liberals are finally starting to take over Inyo, so you need the pot to fuel the libs.

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

Tinner….Back in the not so olden’ days when I indulged in weed,I couldn’t have given a rat’s ass if I were paying my fair share of taxes to the Government when I chose to purchase and do it…and if I ever choose to re-indulge and do it again,certainly not in… Read more »

David Dennison
David Dennison
3 years ago

Who cares ?….who needs a pot store if your in need of weed ?

Tinner
Tinner
3 years ago
Reply to  David Dennison

David Dennison aka Low-Inyo aka Lowboy, tax dollars.

erik simpson
erik simpson
3 years ago

Dave’s not here.

Trout Junkie
Trout Junkie
3 years ago

Get with the Times ….Inyo County…

21st Century Schizoid Man
21st Century Schizoid Man
3 years ago

A bit of an understatement.

Inyo County is not simply “behind.”

It is affirmatively retrograde

Tinner
Tinner
3 years ago

Attention Inyo County Supervisors,

Get on board or get left behind,

Thank you

Just a reminder, Inyo County is already behind.