Mal­don­ado cleared of grow­ing il­le­gal mar­i­juana on ranch

The Tribune (SLO) - - Front Page - BY MATT FOUN­TAIN AND MON­ICA VAUGHAN

For­mer Lt. Gov. Abel Mal­don­ado and San Luis Obispo County code en­force­ment of­fi­cials have con­firmed that Mal­don­ado’s South County ranch was in­deed grow­ing in­dus­trial hemp, not mar­i­juana, as re­ported by the Sher­iff’s Of­fice two weeks ago.

Mal­don­ado’s pub­lic re­la­tions firm said in a news re­lease Thurs­day that San Luis Obispo County Code En­force­ment staff in­formed Mal­don­ado this week that a county in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his or­ganic in­dus­trial hemp grow has been closed and no ac­tion will be taken.

Code En­force­ment Su­per­vi­sor Art Trinidade con­firmed that Mal­don­ado pro­vided the neces- sary doc­u­men­ta­tion, in­clud­ing lab anal­y­sis of the plants and ev­i­dence that they are be­ing grown in as­so­ci­a­tion with agri­cul­tural re­search in­sti­tu­tion Terra Fo­cus LLC.

“I am grate­ful that this case is closed, and that San Luis Obispo County of­fi­cially rec­og­nizes my le­gal right to cul­ti­vate in­dus­trial hemp on my ranch in San Luis Obispo County,” Mal­don­ado said in the news re­lease. “Fur­ther­more, by re­solv­ing this mat­ter so quickly, San Luis Obispo County Code En­force­ment ac­knowl­edges that at no time did Run­way Farms or my­self ever have an il­le­gal 30-acre cannabis grow on my ranch as re­ported ... by lo­cal me­dia out­lets.”

Mal­don­ado added that he plans in the near fu­ture “to pub­licly share more about my

Abel Mal­don­ado

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