As someone who has been in the industry for many years- and currently operates several hundred square feet below the "cottage level" cutoff (ie- under 2500 sq ft hoophouse), I couldn't disagree with you more.
The SoCo taxes as proposed to start are better then any of the other legal states. Worse then Humboldt- better then what has been proposed or passed anywhere south or east of here. Yes the "up to" 10% is scary. But this is a process in a process- the county, for those that have been involved in the process- clearly wants to support small operators and not kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
Welcome to the real world or regulation, taxes, osha, labor boards, etc, etc.
Guess what? We are finally being handed a legal and regulated industry. Scary, yes. Expensive, yes. But we also escape living in a world where what we do is unauthorized...illegal...but we have a "legal defense" of sorts when busted.
Yep- many of us are going to have scale up considerably. But we will have the freedom to do so without fear of Henry 1's flights twice a year. And yep- a lot of players- both small and large...are pretty much done. If you can't produce a product that is good enough for the CA market your days ave very numbered. So be it- these are the people who have created much of the environmental, worker, and criminal abuses in our region.
Maybe you should have explained to people that without a tax in place the county doesn't issue permits. Without county permits you can't get a state permit. Meaning the cannabis industry in SoCo could become completely illegal for 1-2years++. Under a federal administration itching to screw the cannabis industry, and CA in particular.
It was surprising that there was no opposing argument on the ballot, and I assumed it was because there were no objections - that this was county business as usual. Thank you for this article, it makes the whole issue a lot clearer: especially that this tax will make it almost impossible for small growers.
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