City Policy Highlights 12/16: Cloverdale

There was a cannabis workshop on November 28, 2016, at Veteran’s Hall; the City Manager suggested an ad hoc committee and staff meetings to develop ordinance.

  • During the discussion portion of the meeting, the details regarding the ordinance were a focus, with Council agreeing there is no need to separate the medical and non-medical except where necessary by law. The Council made recommended edits to the ordinance, which included changes in permitting and licensing as well as the need to add definitions.
  • Public comments at the meeting were largely friendly to cannabis issues and revolved around:
    • Allowing dispensaries to sell smoking accessories
    • Onsite consumption
    • Removing cap on number of dispensaries
    • Greenhouse standards
    • Reluctance of landlords to notarize written permission for the use of their property to be used in a cannabis business for fear of federal law
    • How business applicants will be screened
    • Insurance bonding
    • Allowing deliveries from local services only
  • City Attorney will continue ordinance development and hopes city will have an ordinance ready for CEQA public notice by January 2017.
  • A resolution was passed opposing the approval of cannabis dispensaries by the County of Sonoma outside of Cloverdale’s City Limits within the City of Cloverdale’s LAFCO approved Sphere of Influence. A letter regarding this was delivered by the City Manager to the BOS at its Dec 6 meeting.