On Monday, a growing operation received the first one-acre, conditional-use permit for cannabis cultivation in Sonoma County, the northern California hotbed for Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
The operation will be overseen by a grow team known as Petaluma Hills Farm, but the entire property—which will be located in a part of Sonoma County called the Petaluma Gap—will operate under the title Sonoma Hills Farm.
Sam Magruder, a partner in Petaluma Hills Farm, hailed the permit as a milestone.
“This permit, and pending cultivation permits, demonstrates a huge step forward for California cannabis cultivators, wine country, and artisanal cannabis grows throughout the country,” Magruder said. “We are ushering in a new era that will allow small farmers of fine cannabis to equally participate, and ideally thrive, in Sonoma County.”
The news comes only about a month after Sonoma County inspectors shut down what was described as the largest non-permitted commercial cannabis cultivation in the county’s history, an operation that had more than 63,000 plants. As of last month, the county had reportedly responded to nearly 200 complaints of non-permitted cannabis activities.
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Sonoma Hills Farm has lofty aspirations for its own licensed operation, saying in a