SLO County Confirms: Abel Maldonado’s Hemp Grow is Perfectly Legal

Code enforcement officers with the County of San Luis Obispo have confirmed that plants discovered on former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado’s property are industrial hemp, not marijuana, just as he had claimed. They also say Maldonado has provided the proper documentation for the plants, including lab testing analysis and documents that show they’re being grown for an agricultural research institution.

With that, the county has informed Maldonado that an investigation is no longer active.

“I am grateful that this case is closed, and that San Luis Obispo County officially recognizes my legal right to cultivate industrial hemp on my ranch in San Luis Obispo County,” Maldonado said in a news release. “Furthermore, by resolving this matter so quickly, San Luis Obispo County Code Enforcement acknowledges that at no time did Runway Farms or myself ever have an illegal 30-acre cannabis grow on my ranch as reported ... by local media outlets.”


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