Lee Tannenbaum sought to trade the hustle and bustle of the high tech industry for the life of a cannabis cultivator in rural El Dorado County about two years ago. He spent millions of dollars on the process, purchasing land and going through the licensing process with hopes of being the county’s first cultivator. But his application has not advanced past the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, which is holding up cannabis growing licenses in a disagreement over how to conduct criminal background checks.

    “I effectively can do nothing because the county will not allow it until I get through the process,” Tannenbaum said. Sheriff John D’Agostini’s office has a small, but critical role in the licensing approval process: it must review an applicant’s criminal history and make a recommendation based on that information

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