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 Cannabis Ad Hoc Committee, comprised of two members of the Board of Supervisors (currently Supervisors Gore and Hopkins), presented their quarterly report to the BOS, in which it was revealed that the amount of cannabis tax revenue coming in from the cannabis tax has decreased for the past three years, and participation in the program is still far below anticipated levels.
Given the unemployment crisis and budget shortfall, along with the fact that cannabis businesses have been deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic (which is evidence of how important the cannabis industry has become), Sonoma County should harness the potential of this sector as a way to help our community recover and thrive. We will continue to advocate for this.
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