SAN ANDREAS — Calaveras County announced Thursday that it will be repaying some renewal fees paid by commercial cannabis growers.

In a statement, the county said it is working toward a final conclusion of the commercial cannabis program and that part of the process included the accounting and possible reimbursement of money remaining in the fee fund.

“The initial reimbursement for those growers who paid a renewal registration fee will occur by October 15, 2018,” the statement read.

Commercial cannabis cultivation was banned in January — a decision that affected about 200 permitted growers and many others who applied for permits after the county encouraged the industry to locate there. According to earlier news reports, each permit cost $5,000 and the county has collected more than $7 million in taxes from marijuana growers since 2016.

According to the county, commercial growers who registered under the urgency ordinance adopted in May 2016 and were still operating under an “application pending” status had until June 7 to comply with the ban.

“All cannabis cultivation, including caregiver cultivation is now prohibited, except for registered indoor cultivation sites of six plants or less on a parcel with a residence,” according to the county website.

There are 28 cultivation sites that will be notified of the availability of a refund check.

In August, the law offices of Henry G. Wykowski & Associates in San Francisco and William G. Panzer of Oakland filed a civil class action lawsuit against Calaveras County, requesting the return of $12.3 million in Measure C taxes and the more than $4 million in fees collected in 2017 from cannabis cultivation businesses who participated in the Calaveras County’s now defunct commercial cannabis registration program.

The first court hearing is on Dec. 5 in the Calaveras Superior Court.

For more information regarding the refunds, call (209) 754-6394.