Some California Marijuana Growers Oppose Legalization Proposition


Some California marijuana growers are opposing Proposition 64, the November 2016 ballot measure that if approved by voters would legalize recreational pot in the state.

Their concerns include overburdens from regulation and competition from big businesses, according to an Oct. 4, 2016, article at

Hezekiah Allen, a marijuana farmer and the executive director of the California Growers Association trade group, said he will vote against Proposition 64.

“I don’t want to replace a criminal injustice with an economic injustice,” Allen said.

Steve Dodge, the CEO of the pot trade group Humboldt Growers Collective, said some of the members worry new regulations would be like warrantless searches.

“We are asking farmers to come out from behind the curtain, but not providing the assurances they need,” Dodge said. “This law is setting the state up for failure.”

A recent poll of California Growers Association members revealed deep divisions: 31 percent of members oppose Proposition 64, while 31 percent support it and 38 percent are undecided.

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