Meister And His Family Have Been Buying And Selling Land For Over 60 Years.

California City, the third largest city in the state by land mass, is gearing up to be a big player in the medical marijuana cultivation industry. Toward the end of 2016, California City was the first city in Kern County to permit commercial cultivation. Now, 3,500 to 4,500 acres has been set aside for cultivators and manufacturers of medical marijuana. For comparison, Downtown Bakersfield spans around 640 acres. “The cannabis coming in to the city has helped land values and home values significantly,” Meister said. Meister and his family have been buying and selling land for over 60 years. “We really see the benefits of the medical marijuana,” City Manager tom Weil said. A pound of marijuana can retail for $6,000, while a pound of California oranges goes for about $4 a pound. A measure was passed in June that will put a special tax on marijuana cultivators. RELATED: Three measures to be voted on in Kern County June 6, two in California City Business owners will be taxed $7 a square foot for an indoor grow, $5 for a mixed light (sun and artificial) grow, and $1 a square foot for a natural light grow.

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