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…
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.
On July 30, 2020 the Sonoma County Planning Agency received an update from county staff about the cannabis program. The presentation can be accessed below. Planning Agency Cannabis Update 07/30/2020
On August 6, 2020 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized a COVID-19 Eduction and Compliance Program and adopted an Administrative Citiation and Civil Penalty Urgency Ordinance. The presentation can be accessed below. Board of Supervisors Update 08/06/2020
Read our July 2020 newsletter here.
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…
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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