If California voters approve Prop. 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana, San Diego has plenty of land, enough water and experienced farmers who are looking for new crops. There are regulatory obstacles to San Diego growers, though.
San Diego already has pot growers. We know this because a few are out in the open, and because illegal ones get busted from time to time. An untold number of other growers remain in the shadows.
But if state Proposition 64 passes, it’s possible far more would come out into the open. They may also be joined by growers leaving Northern California and by other farmers who want to move away from traditional crops, like avocados and citrus, to one that might make them a lot of money.
Here’s the lay of the land.
Eric Larsen, the head of the San Diego County Farm Bureau, said some farmers are talking about growing marijuana, though that interest is mostly out of curiosity at this point.