Category Archives: Sonoma Policy

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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Thursday 10/13: Important Planning Commission Meeting – Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

The County of Sonoma proposes to amend the Zoning Code to regulate cannabis uses consistent with the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, including cultivation, nurseries, dispensaries, laboratories, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. The proposed Medical Cannabis Land Use Ordinance would allow both personal and commercial cultivation of medical cannabis with certain limitations. Planning Commission Meeting – Cannabis Land Use Ordinance

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MCCP – What to Expect

“Yesterday the Department of Food and Agriculture kicked off a statewide tour of scoping meetings for the Medical Cannabis Cultivation Program. Several participants at the meeting in Sacramento expressed surprise at the format, so I thought I would take a minute to walk folks through the process. Basically, there is no presentation or panel. Staff from the program have prepared several large posters that detail the CEQA process and the rule-making process. These posters walk participants through the process of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Report that the department must complete as well as the rulemaking process that will conclude with…

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