Four more cannabis licenses approved in Inyo County

By Deb Murphy

Two years since Inyo County residents voted their approval of county cannabis businesses, four additional license approvals just barely rises to the level of news. We’ve come a very long way in those two years.

Inyo County Supervisors approved four more cannabis licenses at Tuesday’s meeting. All four are located in the southeast section of the County, in the Fifth Supervisorial District.

A manufacturing operation, Desert Greens LLC, and Chicago Valley Cannabis Park LLC, a cultivation operation greater than 5,000 square feet are located in the large swathe of the County that abuts the Nevada state line.

Shade Grown Farms LLC and RDB Cultivation are grow operations less than 5,000 square feet in the extreme southeast corner of Inyo. All the applicants exceeded an 80-percent score on the County’s point system.

The new licensees represented a range of experience from three to 40 years. All were grateful to the Board for the opportunity and expressed a commitment to work with their respective communities.

Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley focused in on the community benefit plan portion of the scoring system.

According to Inyo/Mono Ag Commissioner Nate Reade, those plans ranged from vague to specific. “Not many (local) entities are willing to participate,” he said. “We’re looking at what the licensees are willing to do. We’ll look at this again when we re-issue the licenses.”

Of the 30 license applications that made it to the final round of scoring, six licenses have now been approved.


10 Responses to Four more cannabis licenses approved in Inyo County

  1. vaguelynoble December 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    Excellent news. What says “strong, vibrant community” better than maxed out marijuana sales?

  2. David Dennison December 20, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    sugermags….everyone wanting the easy money.But those that get these licenses,I’m thinking boy,are they in for a surprise about that,unless they give “blue-light” prices that can beat the street vendors…..better prices AND quality that’s just as good.

    • Trout Junkie December 24, 2018 at 11:49 am #

      In the End the “Street Vendors” will win .. No taxes and overhead…

      • Charles O. Jones December 27, 2018 at 7:34 pm #

        Just like all those shady home brewers and distillers that are killing the liquor store, bar and brewery businesses?

        • David Dennison December 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

          Charles O…apples and oranges….if I were to go back to smoking weed,I’d go into the pot stores to check them out,maybe get me a new bong,but my pot PURCHASE would be where I’d pay a lot less and get just as good a quality…it’s not as if you’d have to drive into the big city and sneak around into the shady parts of town at 3 A.M. looking into the dark corners to find what your looking for.

          • Charles O. Jones December 29, 2018 at 7:24 am #

            I can’t control what you might do Mr. Dennison. But there will always be plenty of folks who prefer to conduct their lives within the law rather than outside of it.

          • David Dennison January 5, 2019 at 9:03 am #

            Charles O,I don’t do the weed anymore.For me,not the “fun high” you used to be able to do when you could govern how stoned you wanted to be.With the stuff out there now,one,two hits,kinda hard to function properly and/or be very productive.I’m just doubting for those that do,few are going to want to be the “good citizen”,doing their civil duty and pay the high taxes and prices at the pot stores when they don’t have to.

          • Charles O. Jones January 7, 2019 at 11:08 am #

            I’m with you, I don’t particularly care for the effects of recreational cannabis. For those who do, there’s a choice to support legitimate businesses over those who are often connected to foreign crime syndicates and environmental abuses, etc. Now there are legitimate, legal and responsible choices for those who want to partake. Many will choose the legal option over the alternative that comes with many negative impacts.

  3. sugarmags December 20, 2018 at 7:58 am #

    Wow…thirty license applications. I just can’t imagine that much supply matches demand. I have to think that this spurt of business growth will level out to a fairly minimal level. UNLESS, the growth in non-THC CBD oil supports these developments.

    • philip anaya December 24, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

      Agree that supply will most likely exceed demand. Exports from Inyo County, water, trout on ice , joy
      and memories and maybe now some smokers choice. Hope it all works out for everyone.


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