Cannabis in Wine Country

With the arrival of cannabis farms in premier California wine regions, some see opportunity, while others battle unwanted neighbors

Cannabis in Wine Country
Vineyards and cannabis plantings vie for turf in Santa Barbara County. (Jeremy Ball)
From the Jun 30, 2021, issue

Since the passing of California Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalized the commercial and recreational growing of cannabis, many farmers are moving to the Golden State’s top winegrowing regions to cultivate the cash-crop. While some winegrowers are unbothered by the rise in cannabis farming, many others are worried that they have to compete with the cannabis industry for water, tourism, harvest labor and market share. The latest issue of Wine Spectator explores the varying sentiments and regulatory approaches in Santa Barbara, Napa, Sonoma, Monterey and Mendocino counties.

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