California cannabis growers are warning that an upcoming ballot measure could effectively kill their industry if passed.
According to SFGate, the proposed initiative would severely restrict the size of new cannabis farms and limit modifications for existing operations.
“It would be very effective at putting the final nail in the coffin and just shutting down the industry,” cannabis farmer Dylan Mattole told the publication.
Humboldt County officials have joined the farmers in warning that the strict measure would have dire consequences for the local, legal cannabis market.
But proponents of the initiative said it is designed to help smaller operations despite hurting larger cannabis farms.
The initiative has qualified to appear on ballots during a March 2024 election.
Humboldt County is one of most heavily farmed areas in Northern California’s Emerald Triangle, a region with many ideal conditions for growing cannabis.