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Month: August 2018

Board of Supervisors to Rural Communities: Drop Dead

After 3 town halls where hundreds of residents turned out to express their opposition After a dozen or more small group meetings where residents showed supervisors first hand the destructive and unsightly pot grows next to them After receiving thousands of letters from affected rural residents (Apparently, according to Supe Zane, it’s the people who…
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Sonoma County endorses limits on cannabis production, curbs on neighbors’ protests

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday advanced revisions to rules governing cannabis businesses and farms outside city limits that would include allowing recreational sales at dispensaries and limiting most cultivation sites to properties 10 acres or larger. The Board of Supervisors rejected two proposals aimed at addressing an increasingly contentious debate over where outdoor growing should occur…
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Dear County Supervisors, What are you improving?

The County Supervisors are driving ahead to make Sonoma a major Cannabis producer. The only possible reasons I can fathom for this is that they believe passage of Prop 64 inferred an obligation to legalize pot production or more likely they are attracted to potential revenue. Either rationale is based on a false premise. Voters…
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Lake County Did It

In December of 2013, the Lake County Board of Supervisors approved the Lake County Marijuana Cultivation Ordinance. In brief, this Ordinance bans outdoor grows and limits indoor grows to 100 sq ft in the eleven population centers of the County designates as “Community Growth Boundaries.” Given Lake County’s population distribution, this means that about 72%…
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From the Field: My land was invaded by pot growers

I have family property between Healdsburg and Guerneville off Sweetwater Springs Road. Porter Creek runs through my lower property. The creek is a fish bearing stream as are other creeks off remote, hilly landscapes. Fish biologists have done fish counts on Porter Creek, The property by the house where I grew up on Mt. Jackson…
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From the field: Lost our peace in Valley Ford

In the Valley Ford and Freestone areas, rarely represented, we never received any grower or county notice of growers intent to farm, set backs, commercialization of a private easements and roadways. This ever morphing ordinance needs structure and enforcement and serious guidance. It needs to return to the ballot. This industry needs to be in…
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These are not Farms – They are Drug Manufactories

These are not Pot Farms These are drug manufacturing facilities. Their level of daily employee activity is entirely different from and exponentially more than vineyard operations, or other true agricultural operations Thus they need to be permitted in specially designated commercial or industrial areas. Vineyards are harvested once per year, they do set up port…
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They’re Not Listening…

First when we screamed NO they admonished us for not showing up to the town hall they held with 100 people, in a county of 550,000 and 154,000 homeowners, they had 100 people in a town hall to decide that they are going to violate all of our property rights. Not one supervisor said whoa,…
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Legal marijuana sales creating escalating damage to the environment

Marijuana sales have created an economic boom in U.S. states that have fully or partially relaxed their cannabis laws, but is the increased cultivation and sale of this crop also creating escalating environmental damage and a threat to public health? In an opinion piece published by the journal Environmental Science and Technology, researchers from the University…
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Sonoma County set to consider cannabis policy changes to ease dispute between growers, neighbors

Sonoma County supervisors will consider Tuesday revising the rules governing cannabis businesses, hoping to balance the competing interests of pot farmers and neighborhood activists who don’t want commercial grows near their rural homes. The Board of Supervisors also is set to discuss opening the door to recreational cannabis sales in the county’s unincorporated areas, where…
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