New Pilot Program Will Allow Outdoor Grows in Monterey
For decades, medical marijuana cultivators in Monterey County grew their plants outdoors. The natural sunlight made their product superior to indoor-cultivated weed, they said.
That all changed when the county legalized commercial cannabis and restricted all cultivation to existing greenhouses. Today, Monterey County prohibits cultivation outdoors.
Thanks in part to a spirited public relations and lobbying campaign, that could soon change. County supervisors recently voted 3-2 in favor of a pilot program allowing for outdoor cannabis grows beginning in 2019.
The excitement on the part of cultivators is palpable. Growers hope the county will eventually expand the pilot program.
Read more about the program here.