Grapegrowers and wine producers are pushing back against the cannabis industry’s push into prime California wine country.
California winemakers are scrambling for survival as the biggest cannabis farms on earth make their way into wine country, bringing a broad range of cultural and logistical challenges in their wake.
Factory-style cannabis farms have not been allowed in much of wine country, mind you.
Napa has banned cannabis cultivation within its bounds; in Sonoma, there are strict measures in place to limit the size of the operation, how far outside grows can be from property lines, regulations involving odor and water use. Those rules are currently under review.
Even Humboldt County, ground zero for illegal grows from the 1960s onward, limits the size of cannabis grows outside of industrial zones. The largest…