How legalization is already hurting California's small pot farmers

Could new regulations mean the end of the mom-and-pop grows that created cannabis culture?
Rolling Stone (US)
Monday, January 8, 2018

Chiah Rodriques webLegality is more nuanced than it may seem in a state that legalized weed. And California's mom-and-pop growers are up against a confluence of factors pushing them out of the industry: federal prohibition increasingly backed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, conflicting state and local regulations, big business competition, black market competition and a tricky relationship to the law enforcement they need for protection. In order to get a state license, generally a cannabis business must first obtain a local license. The state officially has hundreds of localities, but not every one will set up cannabis regulations; in fact, a handful don't want legal canna-businesses altogether.