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Dozens of employees who once tended flowers at the former Clearwater Nursery in Nipomo found work in the same greenhouses growing marijuana in the largest cultivation operation in San Luis Obispo County. Now, their jobs are again at risk. This time it isn’t the market forcing their employer into bankruptcy. Nor is it a federal bust in a criminal investigation. Rather, it’s county regulations that require the operation to downsize by 90 percent, said representatives of CFAM Management Group, which runs the site on Mesa Road. It set up shop as a medical marijuana collective in May 2016 before the county had any cannabis-specific rules. This pot farm employs 75 people — but SLO County rules could put it out of business

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