Even as Corning prepares for a September legal battle against him, the co-owner of the county’s sole remaining storefront-style cannabis collective is planning a run for council in the same city that seeks to shut him down.
Reached Wednesday, Ken Prather said he had already collected more than the 20 required signatures to run for Corning’s City Council. He planned to collect at least 30 to guard against any technical problems.
Prather and his wife, who own Tehama Herbal Collective, may be best known for fighting local medical marijuana policies. Appearing at heated city and county meetings, they have repeatedly accused both Corning and Tehama County of violating Prop. 215, California’s key medical marijuana law.
But Prather’s criticisms of Corning go well beyond its treatment of THC.
The city has been mismanaged for decades and needs to be treated like a corporation instead of a “good ol’ boy” network, Prather said.
“Somebody’s got to get in there and revamp the whole thing,” he said.
Prather singled out the city’s employee payment plan. The city’s payments are so generous that it does not have enough money left to run the city properly, he said. He attacked the city’s transportation center, which he said is ignored because it is too far from the Interstate to be used.
Prather called for the city to convince the state to pay for local road repair, something neighboring cities have pulled off, he said.
“I think there’s a lot of people who are tired of the way the city’s been run,” he said.
The Prather family has been hit with citation after citation for running its cannabis collective in city limits.
Officials say the city has no zoning policy to accommodate the collective and have since issued a temporary ban on all city dispensaries, collectives or similar operations.
THC opened its doors before the city put the ban in place, though. The Prathers are joined by their attorney William Panzer, who helped author Prop. 215, in arguing that their non-profit operation is permissible under state law. Their trial is scheduled for September.