A class action lawsuit against a rural California county that prohibited marijuana grows following collecting taxes and charges from hundreds of cultivators is poised to proceed following a judge’s ruling that overruled objections from the county.
The lawsuit – filed final August on behalf of various hundred MJ farmers in Calaveras County – seeks the return of roughly $16 million in taxes and charges paid to the county.
The county has currently agreed to refund almost $1 million in charges, but that wasn’t adequate to settle the dispute.
Now the ball is in the county’s court, mentioned lawyer Henry Wykowski, 1 of the lawyers representing the Calaveras growers.
“We anticipate that we’ll hear from the county, and if we can settle it, we will, and if not, then we’ve accomplished these just before and we’ll move forward,” Wykowski mentioned, pointing to the $1 million charge refund as a sign that county officials “know that they’re in trouble” on this problem.
He estimated that even if the matter goes to trial, it wouldn’t take place for at least a further year.
The Calaveras County counsel could not be quickly reached for comment.
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