On Dec. 4, 2017, California’s Sonoma County announced that it had awarded its first cannabis business permit to Fiddlers Green, a Sonoma County medical cannabis cultivator.
“As long time residents of Sonoma County, it is an honor to receive the first commercial cultivation permit,” said Shannon Hattan, co-owner of Fiddlers Green, in a press release. “We are excited to be part of a community that is working with and supporting the local small farmers as we transition into a regulated market.”
The zoning permit issued to Fiddlers Green, located outside of Sebastopol, allows for a maximum cultivation of 10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis.
“The Department is excited to be issuing our first cultivation permit. The issuance of this first permit represents the culmination of nearly two years of work on developing policy and the permitting process,” said Tony Linegar, Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner, in a statement.
While the first Sonoma County medical cannabis cultivator can now get its operation officially up and running, the county has an additional 127 applications to finish processing; however, the county hopes the issuance of the first permit reassures prospective cannabis business owners that progress is being made.
“The applicants we are working with are eager to come into the legal market and have demonstrated patience and a willingness to comply with a complex set of requirements,” Linegar explained. “We hope this offers hope and encouragement to those cultivators that have not yet applied for a permit.”