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Medical marijuana program shut down in Mendocino County

Neon sign at a medical marijuana clinic.
Neon sign at a medical marijuana clinic.
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Mendocino County, where the pot industry accounts for two-thirds of the local economy, was the first in the state and the nation to regulate marijuana growth at the county level. The program was looked to as an innovative approach to the thorny issue of managing legalized medical marijuana, but now it's being shut down.

Michael Montgomery of KQED and California Watch joins Madeleine to discuss the program's recent closure by the County Board of Supervisors.

Mendocino County Sheriff Tom Allman oversaw the program. Participants were allowed to grow up to 99 marijuana plants if they followed regulations, agreed to inspections and paid thousands of dollars in fees.

The DEA raided a prominent farm in the county last October and then continued to put pressure on Mendocino officials to shut down the program with the threat of litigation.

Montgomery describes the reaction to the permit program's closure and what this means for future growers here and across the country.