New cannabis regulations went into effect Sunday for unincorporated areas of San Luis Obispo County.
The ordinance lays out the rules for both commercial and personal grows. Unfortunately, for the largest marijuana cultivation operation in SLO County these new regulations now means a major downsize.
“We’re being asked to reduce down to 90%,” said Sean Donahoe, Consultant for CFAM Management Group Inc.
Donahoe helps run the site on Mesa Road in Nipomo.
For the past year and a half, the facility has been operating on 260,000 square feet but under the new cannabis ordinance, 22,000 square feet is the new cap for indoor cultivation.
“We’re looking at trashing plenty of plants today,” Donahoe said.
“I don’t think it makes sense. All of these plants that were being grown were lawful. Medical cannabis that had patient records and collectives and cooperatives they were attached to.”
At the same time, the county is allowing for three acres