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Who Will Survive in the New Era of Legalized Cannabis?

Uncertainty reigns for the future of the cannabis supply chain in Santa Cruz County

Just weeks into cannabis legalization, Santa Cruz County’s dispensaries are licensed and open for business, and SC Labs is licensed to conduct the now state-required testing of all products for a roster of chemicals that will grow from 12 to 66 come July.

But without a license, growers and manufacturers can’t enter their product into a distributor’s inventory, and a slow trickle of temporary state licenses is just beginning to reach the small pool of cultivators and manufacturers who were in a position to apply.

As all await a new cannabis ordinance that may or may not be able to include them, there is talk among the industry that the environmental impact report, which cost taxpayers $451,689 and serves as the informational foundation of the ordinance, could be scrapped entirely—a hypothetical that County Supervisor John Leopold says is “too early to tell.”

As of print time, a meeting originally planned for Feb. 5—in which county staff will present its recommendations for the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors—had not appeared on the county’s official calendar, and could not be confirmed by the county’s Cannabis Licensing department. [Read More @ Goodtimes]

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