California: Cottage Cannabis Farmer Bill clears state Assembly

Assembly Bill 2516, which would create a new medical cannabis cultivator license for “micro farmers,” passed the Assembly on Wednesday.

“We are trying to ensure small medical cannabis growers on the North Coast can continue to do business as this industry moves forward,” state Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Healdsburg) said in a release. “It is not fair to require the small farmers to adhere to the same standards as larger operations. We are going to ensure the California Department of Food and Agriculture can develop regulations specific to small farmer practices.”

Called the Cottage Cannabis Farmers Bill, the legislation would create a new license type for farms with 2,500 square feet or less of total canopy size for outdoor cultivation or a maximum total canopy size of 500 square feet for indoor cultivation, according to the release.

“Last year the Legislature developed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act in an...

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