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From the field: A bad neighbor

EDITOR: It’s legal in Sonoma County to grow cannabis on a 2-acre agriculture-zoned parcel bordering Sebastopol’s city limits and surrounded by homes or parks. Imagine plants 300 feet from your house or 100 feet from your garden. Imagine indoor cultivation structures and employee activities about 20 feet from your relaxing swing. That’s my reality living…
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Pandering to pot lobby – Press Democrat

EDITOR: Compared to the scores of letters from residents calling out the numerous problems associated with the county’s plan to weave thousands of commercial pot facilities throughout our rural neighborhoods, how many letters have you seen from the pot industry, which stands to make millions under the current ordinance, extolling the virtues and benefits of…
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Keep commercial marijuana away from our parks (Kenwood Press)

By Deborah A. Eppstein and Craig S. Harrison We are shocked by proposed changes to the Cannabis Ordinance that would reduce buffer zones around parks to allow commercial marijuana cultivation on park borders. We think the current 1,000-foot setback from parks to neighboring parcel boundaries should be increased to 2,000 feet. Instead, on Aug. 7,…
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Supervisor Gorin Must Protect Our Neighborhoods

On April 10, the board of supervisors heard from Sonoma County residents whose lives and homes are overwhelmed by the 24/7 noise, smell, chemicals, lights, and traffic of commercial marijuana grows. They are also concerned about home invasions and safety. At that meeting, Supervisor Susan Gorin said: • “Neighborhood compatibility is probably the most important issue.”…
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Solano County banning commercial cannabis in unincorporated areas. Sonoma has even more to lose

Solano County is poised to implement a ban in their unincorporated County areas:  water and road access issues included as main rationale.  See article below. Clearly Sonoma County has by far even more reason to do so as well. Solano County wisely dismissed their “Ad hoc” Cannabis Committee recommendations.  Wiser heads prevailed. The Sonoma County…
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Dear Supervisor Susan Gorin – Why the turn-around?

OPEN LETTER TO SUSAN GORIN To the Editor: Prior to the last election for First District Supervisor, I was on a committee of five from the Sonoma County Democratic Club. We interviewed all candidates running for the position. We directly asked Susan Gorin what she thought of marijuana and where she thought it should be…
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chronic state: how marijuana normalization impacts communities

Marijuana normalization is a propaganda technique used by pro marijuana advocates to minimize the damages of marijuana. They use terms like “medicine”, or “less harmful than alcohol”, or any number of other terms used to make marijuana seem like it is no big deal. It is a tactic that marijuana advocates have used for decades to…
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Another pot murder in rural Sonoma. Thanks Board of Supervisors for bringing us the pot industry

Another pot murder in Sonoma County. 10 out of the last 12 murders in the County were pot related. This story below reads exactly like a Sopranos episode. Bucolic West Dry Creek Road is now a gang infested murder zone apparently. Thanks Board of Supervisors for your focus on bringing the pot industry to Sonoma…
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Skunk smell from marijuana crops driving Californians to distraction

We don’t want a marijuana smell, we want fresh air’ The smell from marijuana crops is driving Californians to distraction. Marijuana has become a new crop of choice in the farmlands surrounding Carpinteria, in south California. Residents say a thick, skunk-like odour from the marijuana plants settles over the valley in the evenings and before dawn. We don’t…
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Parks Sales Tax? – Why would the Regional Parks Department want to reduce setbacks… – To parks????

Dear Supervisor Gorin, I has just come to my attention that the Regional Parks Department is now supporting reducing the setbacks for cannabis grows to 1000 ft from the grow site, not the current 1000 ft from the parcel boundary to the park.  I urge you not to support this proposed revision, which would have…
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