Category Archives: Sonoma Policy

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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Pre-regulatory Meetings Announced by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation

Pre-regulatory meetings conducted by the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and Department of Public Health for medical cannabis manufacturing, transportation, distribution and dispensaries are scheduled as follows: September 19 – Redding                 September 20 – Sacramento September 22 – Santa Rosa          September 26 – Oakland September 27 – Fresno                    October 4 – Los Angeles October 5 – San Diego Visit: www.bmcr.ca.gov for updated times and locations.  

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Town Hall Meetings: Sonoma County Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee

The Sonoma County Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee is holding 5 Medical Marijuana Town Hall Meetings throughout Sonoma County beginning on July 18. The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is holding 5 Town Hall Meetings, one in each district, to receive input on marijuana regulation for the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. It’s important for all who care about the future of the cannabis industry in Sonoma County to attend! The time is now: The input received now will influence and inform Sonoma County regulators and elected officials as they create the rules that will govern our community. Be heard: The Board has solicited public…

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5th District Candidates Answer Cannabis Questions

At the April 27, 2016 5th District Supervisor Forum the candidates were asked how to best support and protect our local cannabis operators, listen to the audio of their responses. The question posed was: In 2015 the state of California passed MMRSA, regulating cannabis and ending prohibition. Sonoma County has announced it is preparing to create permits for the various license types. What are your thoughts on how to best support and protect our local cannabis operators, economy and environment during these transition years? Responses were made in this order: Tom Lynch, Lynda Hopkins, Noreen Evans, Tim Sergent, Marion Chase Listen…

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Santa Rosa Opens Doors to Commercial Grows

Santa Rosa, CA has approved commercial marijuana grows in industrial zoned properties.   Press Democrat reports on 6-0 vote in Santa Rosa city council. Vote was taken after a number of early 2016 public meetings, with SCGA members and others asking for ‘no ban’.  This first step, allowing licenses only in industrial parcels, allows some Santa Rosa citizens a legal way to grow medical marijuana.  A two-tiered licensing scheme allows smaller operators a more affordable way to continue their business.

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