The craft breweries of cannabis? Discussion on microbusinesses heats up in South Lake Tahoe

Cannabis industry workers — and those who hope to get in on the budding market — are urging City Council to allow “microbusinesses” in South Lake Tahoe, a model some are equating to the craft breweries of cannabis.

“There’s no reason to have the Walmarts of the industry put one of their 18 stores up here,” said South Shore resident Craig Ziegler, founder of CannaBlue, who hopes to open a microbusiness in a building he’s located near the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe.

A state microbusiness license authorizes operators for a minimum of three cannabis related activities — like manufacturing, retail and cultivation — under one permit. All aspects of the business must also be housed on one property, and the cultivation is limited to less than 10,000 square feet.

“What we wanted to do is create a license that allowed smaller operators who wanted

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