The remote California Valley isn’t the only region under fire by San Luis Obispo County in its fight against marijuana grows deemed to be non-compliant with a recent county policy.
click to enlarge Photo By Jayson Mellom SMALL BIZ UNDER FIRE Megan’s Organic Market co-founders Megan Souza and Eric Powers face an uncertain future as SLO County sues to stop the delivery service’s cannabis grow in Los Osos.
The county is seeking court authorization to abate Powers’ cannabis plants on Clark Valley Road in Los Osos, under the charge that the landowner, Susan Veley, has an outstanding code enforcement case on the property.
“When the ordinance was put in place [last August], everything on the property had to be in compliance to give approval to an existing grow,” said Art Trinidade, a county code enforcement supervisor. “There were some code violations, and we said, ‘This thing has to be solved.'”
Powers said he leases the 35-acre plot of farmland, where he cultivates a half-acre of medical cannabis that’s then delivered to more than 1,000 registered patients throughout the county.
The code case on the land dates back to 2012, four years before Powers became the tenant on the property in early 2016. One building on the property—a living structure and an equestrian facility—was constructed without permits, according to the lawsuit.
Powers told New Times he was made aware of the code case when he tried to register his grow last fall under the county’s urgency ordinance. According to Powers, he received a letter in January of “provisional approval” for his grow pending the code case—but a “timeline or deadline” to resolve the