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California’s Regulations are Forcing Pot Growers Underground

Onerous regulations have cut out thousands of California pot growers from entering the market since legalization at the beginning of the year. In fact, according to the California Growers Association (CGA), zoning restrictions and high taxes are having such a negative impact on the industry that it is forcing thousands of cultivators underground. In Sonoma County alone, zoning restrictions have cut out more than 3,000 pot growers and, according to a report released by the CGA, current tax policies will only serve to prop up the black market because it prevents “good-faith” growers from complying with the new cannabis regulations. So, instead of legalization paving the way for a smooth and all-round profitable entry into the cannabis market, regulations are strangling growers and forcing them into the black market. Barrage of regulatory complications Apart from the fact that by February 7 only one percent of growers had obtained licenses, Californian …

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