Sonoma County Issues First Permit for Commercial Marijuana Farm

Sonoma County has issued its first non-medical marijuana cultivation permit to a couple in Sebastopol. The permit, authorized by county agriculture department officials last week, will ok a 10,000 square-foot cannabis farm operated by the couple’s company Fiddler’s Greens.

“We’re legitimate,” said co-owner Shannon Hattan. “We’re business owners. We’re part of society.”

Shannon and Cameron Hattan have been manufacturing marijuana and low-grade tinctures for over 10 years. They founded Fiddler’s Greens in 2015.

Sonoma County agriculture officials said they hope the milestone encourages others to go ahead and apply for their county permit as well.

“It’s a complicated process, but the barriers are not insurmountable,” said Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar.

Sonoma has received 127 applications from prospective businesses so far. But going legit isn’t cheap. For the Hattans, the entire process cost about $30,000.

That’s a lot of green.


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