Category Archives: Sonoma Policy

JUST ANNOUNCED! The County of Sonoma will be hosting a Dirt to Dispensary Workshop Series every Wednesday, starting May 3rd.

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County of Sonoma: Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Dirt to Dispensary Workshop Series   Sonoma County Cannabis Program Overview Wednesday, May 3, 3pm-5pm Glaser Center 547 Mendocino Ave Santa Rosa, CA 95401 This kick-off workshop is for all operator types and will include and over view of the Program, including the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance. County staff will go over requirements that apply to all cannabis businesses such as zoning, separation criteria, and operator criteria as well walk attendees through the permit process. The workshop will also include an introduction to business…

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Summary of Recreational Marijuana Regulations by Jurisdiction

Courtesy City of Healdsburg* County of Sonoma The County of Sonoma regulates possession and cultivation of marijuana, and regulates the use of marijuana in its Zoning Code. The County Zoning Code, like many Zoning Codes, is permissive, which means that any use not allowed by the Code is not permitted. The County has guidelines that limit possession and cultivation 3 pounds of dried marijuana and 30 plants per patient, above the state limits of 8 ounces and 6 mature or 12 immature plants. State and County rules limit the area of cultivation to 100 square feet per patient. A limited number…

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AR/RR and Taxes: An Update from our Executive Director

The past 60 days have been the most tumultuous that our industry has seen in years. This past week, I know many of you have been questioning the future with the Supervisors’ vote to ban commercial cultivation in AR/RR zones, and with the confusion around the newly proposed tax measure. We are a tight community, and I’ve been feeling the general unrest and fears surface in the face of the unknown.  Which is why I wanted to write to you all personally; there are some silver linings, and there are steps that we can take moving forward. In regards to Ag Residential and Rural…

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Cloverdale: Passage of the Cannabis Tax Measure

Cloverdale will recognize the election of two new council members and passage of the Cannabis Tax Measure.  They are also adapting to 2016 California Building Standards Codes. “It is mandatory that each jurisdiction within the State of California including the City of Cloverdale implement the 2016 Building codes. In order to effectively accomplish this, each jurisdiction must adopt rules and requirements for administering these codes. ” A facet of that is 15.06.130 – Section R350 Limited Cultivation of Marijuana. Section R350 is added to read as follows: Limited cultivation of marijuana as only allowed in detached structures shall be considered…

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City of Windsor: Community Outreach Event on Adult Use

On Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:00pm – 7:30pm, Windsor will host an educational community outreach meeting to engage residents on what the new Adult Use of Marijuana Act law means for the community, and to answer questions about the Town Council’s recent enactment of a moratorium, and potential next steps. Town officials, including Police Chief Carlos Basurto, Town Attorney Robin Donoghue, Community Development Director Ken MacNab and Town Manager Linda Kelly, will be present at the meeting to answer questions about the new law. Meeting location: Windsor Regional Library Community Forum Room, 9291 Old Redwood Hwy., Building 100, Windsor, CA.…

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Sonoma’s Press Democrat Opposes Prop 64

No on Prop. 64: Just too many risks, unknowns (From the Press Democrat) Give Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom credit. He speaks with passion, particularly on issues of social justice. And, to him, that’s what Proposition 64 is all about. During a meeting with The Press Democrat Editorial Board Tuesday, Newsom said of the 8,800 arrests for non-violent marijuana felonies last year, a disproportionate number of them involved African-Americans and Latinos: “We are still arresting and incarcerating folks that don’t look like me.” It’s a compelling argument, one that underscores many of the inequalities of the criminal justice system. But it’s…

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SCGA Opposes Proposition 64

On October 5th, 2016 the Sonoma County Growers Alliance board voted unanimously to oppose Proposition 64. For six months, SCGA has carefully reviewed Prop 64 (aka: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, AUMA), paying close attention to the real impacts both positive and negative on a local level. SCGA prides itself on being a community organization; our membership includes a diverse group of small business owners, spanning variety of industries that are an integral part of our community’s intricate economic and environmental web. Prop 64 is an extensive 62-page document, written by well-funded private interest groups. This in itself forced SCGA…

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