By Deb Murphy
Two years since Inyo County residents voted their approval of county cannabis businesses, four additional license approvals just barely rises to the level of news. We’ve come a very long way in those two years.
Inyo County Supervisors approved four more cannabis licenses at Tuesday’s meeting. All four are located in the southeast section of the County, in the Fifth Supervisorial District.
A manufacturing operation, Desert Greens LLC, and Chicago Valley Cannabis Park LLC, a cultivation operation greater than 5,000 square feet are located in the large swathe of the County that abuts the Nevada state line.
Shade Grown Farms LLC and RDB Cultivation are grow operations less than 5,000 square feet in the extreme southeast corner of Inyo. All the applicants exceeded an 80-percent score on the County’s point system.
The new licensees represented a range of experience from three to 40 years. All were grateful to the Board for the opportunity and expressed a commitment to work with their respective communities.
Fifth District Supervisor Matt Kingsley focused in on the community benefit plan portion of the scoring system.
According to Inyo/Mono Ag Commissioner Nate Reade, those plans ranged from vague to specific. “Not many (local) entities are willing to participate,” he said. “We’re looking at what the licensees are willing to do. We’ll look at this again when we re-issue the licenses.”
Of the 30 license applications that made it to the final round of scoring, six licenses have now been approved.