Whoa... Cannabis discussion on ECF? Am I in the right place??? Before regulations/recreational was officially even on the table, areas like Riverside County, picked certain areas to zone for growing commercially. The politicians' "friends" gobbled up the real estate, leveled the buildings and built grow structures they could rent for ridiculous rates per sq ft. Then the Riverside Sheriffs Dept. Raided and shut down as many large medicinal grows as they could find. Then regulations/legalization was announced, along with zoning and taxes, state, county, city, licenses, permits. Hundreds of thousands of dollars before you add in the massive amount of a lease. Outdoor grows pay a $25 per sq ft land use tax. That a million dollars per acre, per year, before you so much as kick dirt. Outdoor primo norcal bud sells for only about $600 a pound in Cali. Less wholesale/bulk. There is no way they will survive. The growers will eventually fail, and another will take their place with green dreams of making a fortune. This happened virtually all across the state, as stoners were all celebrating recreational pot. The crooked CA government sucked the profit out of the industry, because they hate the lack of control they have over it. In CA MMJ laws are written into the state Constitution, so it takes an actual vote to undo it. Also, the IRS looks as growing pot as an illegitimate business, so you do not get to write off any expenses. Banks don't want to take cash deposits from growers due to federal prohibition, as they could be charged with laundering funds from criminal activity. It's a racket for the state that creates a ripe environment for crime, and ensures a black market for them to make new felons out of, who then lose a few specific rights. Chess not checkers. I'm so glad I left that state... lol.