Spurned farmers are demanding a refund of millions of dollars in taxes and fees—a sum that could cripple the county's budget.
Hungry for tax revenue, Calaveras County licensed hundreds of commercial cannabis farms in recent years. Now it wants them gone, leaving growers in the lurch.
Rather than an all-out ban, some in the California county are now pushing for regulations that could decimate the area's cannabis cultivators.
The county is in an uproar over a proposal to boot cannabis growers--after welcoming them just last year.
The Calaveras County auditor says the sheriff improperly spent some of the $1 million his office made from legal cannabis fees to go after illegal operators.
The crackdown on more than a dozen farms occurred in different parts of Calaveras County, southeast of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.