North State cannabis farmers fighting for legitimacy

Feb 18, 2016 12:47 PM by David McVicker

An organization that wants to see cannabis farming become a legitimate business in Butte County is challenging recent moves by the board of supervisors.

The group hasn't been around long, about six months, but it believes farmers who raise marijuana for medical use should be treated like all farmers and shouldn't be faced with fines for violating county code regulations.

Jessica Mackenzie, Executive Director of the Inland Cannabis Farmer's Association, said they want the same treatment as other producers in the state.

"In ten years we'd like to be every bit as boring as the rice growers association, or the walnut farmers association or the peach growers association, where what we're doing is helping our farmers bring their products to market," she said.

The association she represents can eventually lead a path to full legimacy for butte county cannabis farmers..

While the voter approved measure a -- permits patients to grow medical marijuana on their property..

Mackenzie’s group argues this is no way to insure patients are getting a quality product..

"The common way that things are provided commercially is that experts make them professional make them and they come to the consumer," she said.

These days Mackenzie is front and center on a petition drive to get enough signatures to put a referendum on the November ballot.

The inland cannabis farmers association wants voters to weigh in on the board of supervisors.

Recent amendments to Measure A, and more importantly, the boards move to exclude marijuana from the county's right to farm ordinance

"So even if it were miraculous legal across the land tomorrow cannabis would not have the protection afforded to ever other farmer in every other agricultural community,” she said.

To get the referendum on the ballot the Inland Cannabis Farmer's Association needs almost 6200 verified registered voters to sign the petition...

Feb. 24 is the deadline to get the signatures to the county clerk recorder.


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