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Napa City American Canyon Approves Indoor Cultivation

February 16, 2021

American Canyon, one of the so-called five cities of Napa County, has awarded its first license for indoor cannabis cultivation to Eric Sklar. Sklar is a wine industry veteran who founded Alpha Omega Winery in 2005. He’s now one of the founding members of the Napa Valley Cannabis Association, which continues to push for outdoor cultivation of cannabis in Napa County, and the founder of Fumé Brands, a premium cannabis brand that to this point has been grown exclusively outdoors in neighboring Lake County.

The development is a major win for Sklar, who has sought an avenue to label his cannabis as grown in Napa for years. Other cities in the county, like Napa and St. Helena, are in various stages of considering allowing such operations. In addition to cultivation, the city licensed Fumé for manufacturing and delivery, bolstering an existing side of Fumé’s business.

Stephanie Honig, a co-founder of the Napa Valley Cannabis Association, is hopeful that American Canyon taking this step will encourage other cities in the area to follow suit. “I think people will realize we can have Napa cannabis on the market and the world isn’t going to end,” she told SND. “It will be okay. We can have the tax revenue and still be Napa.”—Danny Sullivan

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