Redway pot farmer pleads guilty to hiring underage workers

The Mendocino County District Attorney announced Friday that a Redway commercial cannabis farmer pleaded guilty to possessing marijuana for the purposes of sale while utilizing workers younger than 21, a misdemeanor.

According to the district attorney’s office Facebook post, the executive director of Eden Farms Cooperative, Inc., 46-year-old Karl Michael Witt, was arrested Dec. 7, 2017, by the California Highway Patrol in Mendocino county. As part of his plea, Witt was placed on a 36-month probation.

The terms of his probation include 100 hours of community service and $18,700 in restitution to law enforcement. Witt is also prohibited to possess all marijuana unless and until he has a valid state license and Humboldt County permit, and he may not participate in the Emerald Cup during his probation.

According to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office, fewer than 1 percent of the state’s estimated 68,120 cannabis cultivators obtained the necessary licensing to be involved in the commercial marijuana industry.

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