Calaveras chronicles #45= This whole thing started with Calaveras county has screwed over registered growers. It seems they have done it the the growers 2X now with the ban in place. That's another example of how government big or small continues to stick it to the people. Growers still hold out hope for reinstatement with a new supervisors election in June. Most people are sick of all the big marijuana stuff, feeling that 6 plants is plenty for one person.
The mom and pop high quality, hand trimmed, organic bud growing operations are becoming a thing of the past in the age of $500.00 per pound wholesale prices.
The chinese grow house scene is still giving cops something to do with a 5000 plant grow going down last week.
Guys are finishing their last legal light dep. crops here now before the actual ban date in June.
High volume trim machines crank out enough volume of buds that it is not feasible to pay hand trimmers $175.00-$200 lb. with low dispensary prices. It seems the people who are getting a decent (1500. lb.) price are shipping out of state. Either high risk driving cross country or 5 pound packages through the mail.
I visited the big grow store in town again. They still have very well stocked shelves ( I have never seen so many brands of fertilizer), parking lot is overflowing with pallets of premium soil. Everything a farmer would need and then some. The only thing missing was customers. One young 20ish farmer guy was looking for advice from the clueless counter help. It always surprises me when a stranger whips out their phone and openly shows pictures to someone they have never met before showing hundreds of spindly 5 foot tall plants. Said he spent 1 1/2 hours a day moving plants inside and outside and they were not sexed yet. He was looking for advice on how to transition plants to outdoors full time after starting them under 18 hour light in February for a full term outdoor grow. I gave him a few tips for this years crop and told him next year start plants March 1st under 12 hours light and bump up light 15 minutes every 2 weeks . It seems despite the ban some people are proceeding with huge operations.
It is tough to hide a few hundred plants from airplanes and satellites.
Many new FOR SALE signs have been going up on sites that had farms last year and it is a buyers market now since many parcels were over priced when the influx of new growers hit in 2016.
P.S. Despite the weirdness with the weed scene up here, it sure beats the heck out of the bay area ( the pit of despair )