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At the February 4th meeting of Monterey County Board of Supervisors, JRG Partner Aaron Johnson along with industry leaders, advocated for a change in the Monterey County Code that required an intrusive Live Scan for “all property owners, owners, supervisors, employees, and person having a 20% or more financial interest in the commercial cannabis activity.”

That code section had an alarming impact on the industry, with some companies reporting that they would lose as much as 60% of its workforce due to a lack of trust between legal migrant workers and the federal government. Its effect would also preclude those that had been prosecuted for their minority status from participating in the legal industry. Social justice was a theme announced by several at the hearing. See more in the Monterey Herald article here.

In a 5-0 vote, the Board unanimously voted to remove the section of the code requiring live scan for all employees and have instructed staff to explore less intrusive background check options. The changes will take effect by ordinance amendment, which will need to proceed through the legislative channels, and our firm will continue to monitor and provide updates. If you have any questions, as always, please do not hesitate to contact us.