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County FAIL (SC Gazette)

In County documents and staff reports, one finds somewhat reasonable sentences like: Setbacks are often used to ensure neighborhood compatibility and mitigate impacts of a particular land use such as odor, noise, or light. Setbacks are effective ways to mitigate these impacts as they focus on site design elements rather than regulating ongoing behaviors. Yet,…
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There’s a reason Marin and Napa and all the cities in Sonoma have banned it. (SC Gazette)

People living in unincorporated Sonoma County are the only one that are going to be impacted by the proliferation of outdoor commercial cannabis grows. The majority of the people living in the incorporated cities in Sonoma County won’t be impacted by the odor, noise, and crime associated with growing marijuana. All the cities in Sonoma…
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CANNABIS: How Close is Too Close? (SC Gazette)

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE SONOMA COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS Not many of us in this life have the power and opportunity to safeguard the well-being of thousands of our neighbors. But, at this moment, you do. I attended the Planning Commission meeting on June 28th during which changes were recommended to the Cannabis Ordinances…
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Colorado Governor: Will not rule our recriminalizing pot due to crime

By CHRIS MORRIS April 20, 2018 As cannabis enthusiasts celebrate 4/20, the unofficial stoner holiday, the state that has led the nation in legalization says it may not always be so open to the drug. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper tells CNN he is not ruling out making marijuana illegal again, as the state’s crime rate has been rising since recreational…
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Another Pot Grow Shooting, you know cause they’re “farmers”

These repeated, ongoing crimes really raise the image of Sonoma County and no doubt are good for our tourism industry.  Sunset Magazine may even run a story on the last 10 Sonoma pot farm murders with some glamour shots – Come for the wine tasting, stay for the shootings and home invasions. Thanks Board of…
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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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