A controversial Half Moon Bay hashish measure holds a slim lead, suggesting that the city’s three greenhouse farmers will likely be allowed develop authorized marijuana sprouts in “nurseries” – however residents have rejected different measures that will have expanded cultivation and gross sales within the conventional coastal city.
The measure – forward by solely 39 votes in a 51 to 48.eight p.c tally, with fewer than 1,700 votes counted – would assist farmers like 72-year-old “Farmer John” Muller, former mayor and longtime pumpkin farmer, who seeks to lease out his dilapidated greenhouses as a spot for the newborn crops.
The city, famed for its pumpkins, won’t enable the rising of grownup psychoactive crops or sale of hashish merchandise.
Cannabis is fiercely opposed by the city’s Catholic church, a committee of highschool mother and father and others who warned it can change the city’s small-town character.
“I think it was a sympathy vote for Farmer John, who has done a lot of good for the community and is very popular here,” mentioned Rick Southern, a mother or father on Half Moon Bay High School’s Health and Wellness Committee, who sought to droop all industrial cultivation, processing and sale of hashish for 2 to 3 years till extra analysis might be executed. “People felt that if it was the only way he could stay on his far, they wanted to provide support.”
The defeat of different measures exhibits that “a lot of people are uncomfortable with having more commercialization in town, whether it be adult plants, retail sales or manufacturing,” mentioned Southern.
The tally solely represents digital votes; the entire mailed, dropped off, provisional and different paper ballots have but to be counted. The county has 30 days to finalize outcomes.
“It is a beginning,” mentioned farmer Muller on Wednesday morning, as he was feeding his chickens, after a stressed evening of watching election returns.
It nurseries are accepted, “we have to make sure it moves forward in the proper manner, and ensure it is done right,” mentioned Muller, a registered Republican, Vietnam War veteran who was born on a San Gregorio dairy farm and has by no means used hashish however wants further revenue to maintain his small 18-acre farm. “If done properly, with licensing and permitting, we will look to move in the future with potential new planting.”
In addition to Muller’s Daylight Farms, two different Half Moon Bay companies — ivy topiary grower Schickenberg Nursery and indoor flower and herb grower Rocket Farms — could be eligible to develop hashish seedlings.
Opponents concern that nurseries might result in enlargement of large-scale operations — bringing out-of-town employees, maybe criminals, to the quaint and remoted coast. It was additionally opposed by a few of the city’s Latino residents, who concern that their youth may very well be lured to hashish work or that undocumented farm employees could be deported if there’s a bust of a crop that’s nonetheless unlawful underneath federal regulation.
In unincorporated San Mateo County, hashish cultivation is allowed in current greenhouses on the coast. But few current greenhouses meet the requirements.
In response, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday accepted amendments that develop the place hashish might be grown. Specifically, the county diminished buffers from 1000 to 600 toes between hashish rising and faculties and houses, eradicated a 100-foot buffer round a cultivator’s property line and gave county officers the discretion to waive or modify safety or surveillance necessities the place hashish is grown.
Cannabis tax measures additionally did nicely on Election Day, as native authorities officers rush to get in on what they see as a possible windfall in tax income. Even if cities don’t but enable gross sales, officers mentioned they needed the taxes in place.
Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Redwood City, Daly City, South San Francisco, Emeryville, Union City, San Francisco and unincorporated Contra Costa County all handed native hashish taxes by massive margins — regardless of opponents’ concern that it might increase the value of weed, undermining California’s fledgling authorized pot business and driving customers underground.
Outside California, Michigan voters accepted grownup gross sales of leisure hashish, making it the 10th U.S. state to legalize marijuana – and the primary within the Midwest. Missouri and Utah gave the inexperienced mild to medical marijuana.
Wednesday’s shock resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an outspoken opponent to all marijuana, additionally created a buzz within the hashish neighborhood.
“This move by the President opens the door for the marijuana industry,” wrote Nathaniel Geoghegan of CMW Media, representing hashish companies, “and begs the question: are we going to see federal legalization sooner than expected?”