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Why pot farmers remain in the shadows of legalized Marijuana

by AirTalk®

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Jamie Hale talks to a patient about growing cannabis during the pot farmers market at the California Heritage Market in Boyle Heights. Benjamin Brayfield/KPCC

It’s been nine months since California legalized marijuana.

Despite push from law enforcement and politicians, only 11 percent of the state’s growers have joined the legal system by applying for permits. Most growers are choosing to stay in the dark, turning down the promises of tax incentive and easy transition. The unclear requirements and deadlines have not made it easy for growers to apply for permit. In addition, the hidden financial burden is far greater than previously measured. Most growers are required to repair bumpy roads and fix up their homestead, and the combined cost could end up being hundreds of thousands of dollars. Culturally, there has always been simmering mistrust between law enforcement and farmers.

Host Larry Mantle talks with Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director of the California Growers Association, on what this means for the legalization movement going forward.


Hezekiah Allen, executive director of the California Growers Association

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