CA Cultivators Faces a Potential $209,000 For Failing To Get A Permit
The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board signed a complaint against three cannabis cultivators in Humboldt County in connection with sediment discharged into tributaries of the Mad River that posed a risk to water quality and aquatic life, they are facing $209,687 in potential fines.
The Notice of Violation alleges the cultivators failed to obtain a permit to legally cultivate cannabis and did not respond to an enforcement order requiring them to maintain an access road on their property consistent with industry standards designed to protect water quality and beneficial uses. “By failing to obtain a required permit, follow industry standards and adequately respond to an enforcement order, the unlicensed cultivators gained an unfair advantage over legal cultivators,” said Claudia E. Villacorta, assistant executive officer. “But more importantly, they put a waterway at risk.”
If you are going to operate, know what is required for permitting and other regulatory guidelines. If you plan to not follow protocols, then plan to be shut down and potentially fined. Do you homework regarding what is required for a specific type of cannabis license. It pays to document.