California Valley

Flickr/Watchcaddy

San Luis Obispo County recently initiated its cannabis abatement hearing process. That means if you are growing cannabis without a permit and county officials find out, you’ll have to go through what the county calls its new "streamlined civil hearing process," and your cannabis might be destroyed.

USFS

San Luis Obispo County staff is currently working to draft an urgency ordinance designed to restrict new cultivation of medical marijuana within the County and outright ban it in certain areas.

The move comes following a 3-2 vote by SLO County Supervisors this week who were urged to do so by County Sheriff Ian Parkinson.

New Times Reporter Jono Kindade discussed his recent piece on the issue with KCBX News Director Randol White.

NOTE: This transcript is from an interview that was edited for time purposes:

Bob Wick, BLM California

The wildflower season in eastern San Luis Obispo County is off to a very early start. Fields of yellow and blue are a few weeks into their bloom right now according to the Carrizo Plain National Monument's visitor center.

Jackie Czapla runs the center and says the blooms should just be getting started, but instead are well underway.

Czapla says the monument has had less than five inches of rain this year, so it's not going to be a big showy spring display, but it's still beautiful.