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Bloomfield residents protest neighboring cannabis site

EMMA MURPHY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT October 18, 2021 Melodious notes from a fiddle floated through the crisp October air as Bloomfield residents, seated in their beloved historic cemetery overlooking sweeping hills and pastures, sang, “I ask you please, don’t fence me in.” The lyrics, which were taken from parts of the Cole Porter song, “Don’t…
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Illegal pot farms take West’s scarce water

See also legal grows ANDREW SELSKYASSOCIATED PRESS September 17, 2021, 10:26AM “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow organic,” Dwyer said. Over the decades that followed, he and his family did just that. But now, Deer Creek has run dry after several illegal…
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Grow pot elsewhere

It makes sense for you. It makes sense for us. EDITOR: The cannabis industry disclosed important facts during the county’s public outreach to develop a vision for an updated cannabis ordinance. Their notion that cultivation will become a marquee industry that will generate wealth and create new jobs is problematic. As reported in The Press…
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One more vote for a cannabis moratorium

EDITOR: The County has ineffective provisions for proliferation and over concentration of cannabis and has opened it to all agricultural land without localized and specific environmental review is of a scale that defies wholesale mitigation. This is especially so in a county with such varied topography and conditions and the many residential enclaves adjacent to…
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Moratorium on cannabis needed

EDITOR: Drought, drought, drought. Sonoma County is experiencing its worst drought in decades. Our reservoirs are at an all-time low, and even with conservation measures, our officials estimate only enough water for another year or so. It’s safe to assume homes relying on ground water (wells) are facing the same dire consequences. Sonoma County is…
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Supervisors should move forward with moratorium

EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors is scheduled for a one hour discussion on the topic of a Cannabis Ordinance Urgency Moratorium at their meeting on September 21st. With the constant drumbeat of bad news about the water crisis in our county and the entire west, I can only assume this topic is being considered because…
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Cannabis Survey Declared Invalid by Expert

Dear County Supervisors, Statistical estimates that are to be the basis of policy decisions about cannabis in Sonoma County must be based on a valid sample of the population and valid and reliable questions. I am writing to inform you of irreparable defects in the recent online county cannabis survey that make it inappropriate, even…
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‘It’s Gonna Be A Bloodbath’: Epic Marijuana Oversupply Is Flooding California, Jeopardizing Legalization

If you want to get into the cannabis industry in California—where more than $5 billion worth of legal, adult-use cannabis is on pace to be sold this year, according to tax figures—and you want to do it quickly, don’t bother with selling adult-use cannabis. Instead, you want to grow it. Most cities in the state still don’t allow…
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It’s Entirely Too Much Freaking Cannabis

Sonoma County doesn’t need to become dependent on a drug that is bottoming out Cannabis prices continue to drop as fall harvest season threatens further saturation Joey Espinoza wears many hats in the local cannabis industry: He works with growers as a code compliance consultant and is a founder of advocacy agencies Monterey County NORML…
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Sonoma grower seeks to overturn ban on firearms at pot grows – fears for his safety and property

Sonoma County and growers often claim there are no problems at permitted grows—that illegal activity only happens at black market grows. Not true. A grower near Knights Valley, Nicolas Bettencourt, has filed the attached law suit against Sonoma County. He asks the court to strike down Sec. 26-88-254(f)(21) of the cannabis ordinance that includes the…
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