Cannabis Business

Brian Chaplin while eating out in town got a text message from one of his cannabis trimmers that they had been robbed. Chaplin quickly returned to the homestead having over 2,000-square feet of cannabis greenhouse.

Several men armed in riffles ambushed the property. They pointed an AR15 at one of the workers and told him to get down on the ground. The robbers tied and blindfolded four of the employees stealing around 100 pounds of bud and a $10,000 trim machine. Chaplin tells rolling stone.

Chaplin, the founder of Medicine Box, has been growing an organic brand of cannabis that provides free medical marijuana to ill children.

Immediately Chaplin called the cops. “That’s what any sane person would do,” he says. “Av got nothing to hide. After the cops finished the investigation, they sent a narcotics task force with a search warrant. They took the remaining bud and cleaned out the greenhouse.”

“We have a home robbery, and what seems like an illegal marijuana operation, a search warrant is a necessity for the sake of not losing any evidence.” Lieutenant Rob Bringolf with the sheriff’s office says.

In spite of the fact that cannabis legalized in California, marijuana growers like Chaplin are faced with a confluence of factors threatening to push them out of the industry; local regulations, black market competition, conflicting state and significant business competition.

Proposition 64 was passed in November 2016 legalizing cannabis for adults above 21 years old. Last November emergency licensing were temporarily offered for cannabis businesses until regulations are worked out.

Nevertheless, a cannabis business owner must first get a local license before obtaining a state license. A complete ban on the cultivation of pot was defeated by voters in 2016 June, a 12-plant cap for land between 5 and 10 acres is what they got which was hardly better.

It makes it hard for the small landowners to compete in the market considering only large-scale farmers 25 acres or more can have up to 25 plants. These rules are debilitating to small farmers who have to risk operating in violation of local law. However, these are only short-term regulations which will be revised and maybe allow for more.

Although violation of the cannabis law is only a civil violation, the fine can be up to tens of thousands of dollars. Unlicensed cannabis operation could be fined up to thrice the licensed amount fee for each single day they remain without a license. In places like Nevada regulatory enforcement is left up to the sheriff.