Category Archives: Sonoma Policy

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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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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Sonoma County Cannabis Ordinances

On October 16, 2018, the County updated the Cannabis Ordinance which went into effect on November 15, 2018. This update, Part 1, was the first of two updates. Part 1 had a limited scope focused on neighborhood compatibility issues and aligning the Ordinance with state law where appropriate. Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis. Adopted Ordinances Final Cannabis Ordinance with Attachments (Ord 6245) (PDF: 3.0 MB) Final Cannabis Land Use Table (PDF: 71 kB) Resolution of the Board of Supervisors 18-0442 (PDF: 2.2 MB)…

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From the Sonoma County Cannabis Program: The County is currently in the process of updating the Cannabis Ordinance. Based on guidance from the Board, staff is working on amendments to align the Cannabis Ordinance with latest state laws, respond to feedback from the community and build on the lessons learned through the first 10 months of permitting.

These updates will be in two Parts. Part 1 has a limited scope and is focused on bringing forward amendments related to alleviating neighborhood compatibility issues by requiring use permits on smaller rural properties and aligning with state law where appropriate.

Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis.

2018 Ordinance Updates – Part One

Planning Commission-September 6, 2018 

Board of Supervisors-August 7, 2018

Planning Commission-June 28 & 7, 2018

2019 Ordinance Amendments – Part 2

Part 2 will include a more thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and other implementation efforts that require robust outreach and staff analysis and is scheduled to begin in fall 2018.

Sonoma County’s Cities: Cannabis Updates

Via Sonoma County: Cloverdale On January 26, 2016, the Cloverdale City Council passed an updated, comprehensive Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance. Additional information can be found on the Cloverdale Police Department website. Medical Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance and Information Cotati  In 2007, the Cotati City Council adopted an ordinance regulating medical marijuana dispensaries through a licensing program. Contact the City Manager’s Office for more information. City of Cotati Medical Marijuana Dispensary License Application  Healdsburg In 2007, the Healdsburg City Council adopted an ordinance prohibiting medical marijuana dispensaries from operating within the city limits.Then, in 2014, the Healdsburg City Council adopted an ordinance…

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County of Sonoma: Dirt to Dispensary Workshop series every Wednesday

County of Sonoma: Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance Dirt to Dispensary Workshop Series SIGN UP to receive the County of Sonoma Cannabis Updates! Sonoma County Cannabis Program Overview Wednesday, May 3, 3pm-5pm This kick-off workshop provided an overview of the Workshop Program, including the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance, Cannabis Health Ordinance, and Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance. The attached presentation includes considerations for 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 planning basics. Workshop #1 Overview Presentation Outdoor Cultivators: There are three…

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