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California Valley cannabis grower fighting county over order to remove plants

Posted at 2:29 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 17:29:12-04

A cannabis grower has filed a petition for writ of mandate against the San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning and Building’s interim director over an order to remove his plants.

Choj Moua claims he was initially approved to grow 99 cannabis plants on property in California Valley, but after the county board of supervisors passed an ordinance prohibiting grows in certain areas, he was ordered to destroy all the plants on his property.

In 2016, the county required all marijuana growers in unincorporated areas to register with the county. Hundreds of grows were registered. A year later, supervisors passed a new ordinance that dramatically limited the number of cannabis grows that would be permitted and placed restrictions on where those grows could be located.

A writ of mandate is an order to a government agency to correct a prior action or cease illegal acts.