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Lawsuit Challenges Ballot Initiative to Restrict Cannabis Cultivation in Humboldt County

CALIFORNIA – In Northern California’s Humboldt County, a group of small marijuana farmers and the Humboldt County Growers Alliance have taken legal action, filing a lawsuit against Humboldt County Registrar of Voters and County Clerk Juan Cervantes.

According to a report by MJBizDaily, the group’s objective is to remove a contentious ballot initiative set for March known as Measure A.

The lawsuit alleges that the initiative’s organizers utilized deceptive tactics, including false and misleading information, to secure the required number of signatures for the ballot. Furthermore, they claim that the initiative did not include the full text as required by law.

Located within California’s renowned Emerald Triangle, Humboldt County stands as one of the nation’s most fertile agricultural regions. This initiative proposes an array of restrictions on cannabis cultivation in the county, aiming to limit farm sizes, mandate public hearings for larger grow operations, and impose location restrictions on farms.

Additionally, noncompliant farms would be barred from expanding in terms of space, water usage, energy consumption, and cultivation-related structures.

The lawsuit contends that Measure A, despite being promoted as a measure to protect small cannabis farmers and promote public participation, may ultimately work against these goals. It also claims that the initiative is designed in a way that could harm small cannabis farmers while subverting the principles of the democratic process.

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