Ukiah tribe downsizes plans for marijuana farm

A Ukiah tribe has downsized its plans for a medical marijuana farm, at least for now, as it continues to explore what will and won’t be tolerated by law enforcement officials.

The Pinoleville Pomo Nation’s initial plan, backed by a Kansas investment company that funds tribal economic projects like casinos and now marijuana operations, called for a $10 million pot-growing operation in multiple greenhouses spanning some 110,000 square feet on the tribe’s rancheria just north of Ukiah.

Similar projects are being proposed throughout the nation as tribes explore new ways to generate income. The projects also allow tribes to gain a foothold in an explosive growth industry that is expected to further expand as more states legalize the recreational use of cannabis. A measure to legalize recreational pot is widely expected to go before California voters next year.

As construction on the Ukiah venture began this week in clear view...

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