California: Valencia County commissioners OK cannabis ordinance


After a few modifications, the Valencia County Commission unanimously approved recreational and medical cannabis regulations for the county. During the public hearing for the ordinance, the commission heard from Tristan Kumar, a recent county landowner and hopeful cannabis grower. Kumar said there is a younger generation of farmers who are learning to grow cannabis, pointing out that unlike places in the city of Albuquerque, Valencia County is historically agricultural and has the potential to be a popular place to grow cannabis. Valencia-County-Cannabis-Regulations “New Mexico could be a cannabis haven due to its latitude. We could have the best organic cannabis in America,” Kumar said. He compared the production and development of cannabis to a winery or brewery, in that it can be grown and processed locally “We can grow and compete with California. This is a very agricultural state,” he said. Kumar told the commissioners the cannabis industry could draw tourism to many new parts of the state, including Valencia County. Commissioner Jhonathan Aragon asked what kind of tourism Kumar envisioned. “Connoisseurs, like when you go to Napa Valley for the wines,” Kumar said. “There are different flavors and turpines you can extract and flavors you can add. It’s like at a winery or craft cider — it’s a craft and that’s what I want to bring.” He also urged the commission to amend the ordinance to allow cannabis oil extraction in other zones than just Industrial 2. Concerns have been raised about heated butane or alcohol solution extraction methods due to explosions and fires. Kumar said other methods, such as water, heat and frozen extraction are safe and won’t combust. He asked the commission to allow those types of extraction in other zones, such as agricultural, agreeing the more dangerous methods should be kept away from residential areas. The…

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