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County Supervisors Receive Quarterly Update on Cannabis Program

On November 10, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors received a quarterly update from the Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee regarding the status of the current permitting program and an update on proposed amendments to the cannabis ordinance. You can view the update here. Of note, the former cannabis program manager Niki Berrocal is no longer working with the county, and the new “point person” for the cannabis program is Assistant County Administrator Christina Rivera, though it seems like she will mainly be overseeing the various county agencies involved rather than making any policy decisions herself. The update included a…

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Sonoma County Amends Cannabis Code Enforcement Provisions

Recently, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted to amend certain cannabis-related code enforcement provisions. Most notably, the 50X “permit multiplier” for cannabis has been reduced to 10X to match other commercial violations. Check out this blog post from SCGA Advisory Council member Lauren Mendelsohn of the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, which details the code enforcement update.

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Community Update from SCGA

Dear Members, Sponsors, and Friends of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance:  2020 has been a unique and challenging year so far for everyone. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, including related business shutdowns and social distancing requirements, SCGA hasn’t been able to host our normal social mixers or in-person educational events. We also realize that many people are out of work, either because they have to care for loved ones or because they were terminated or furloughed as a result of COVID-19.  As a result of the challenges facing our community, we have decided to stop taking payments from members and…

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SCGA Submits Letter to Sonoma County Board of Supervisors: Cannabis & Economic Recovery

June 14, 2020: Last week, SCGA submitted a letter to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors asking that they consider improvements to the county’s cannabis policies as a way to help with local economic recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read our letter to the Supervisors here. The Supervisors were holding a hearing on the proposed 2020-2021 budget, which has been impacted by not only the ongoing health crisis, but also by devastating fires, floods, and other emergencies that have required attention and resources over the past several years. Earlier in the week, the Sonoma County…

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