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Sonoma County Issues sharp cautions on cannabis usage. Sonoma County encourages cannabis cultivation. What did you expect, consistency?

Print version (PDF: 410 Kb) MYTH: Marijuana is okay for some youth FACTS: Research strongly suggests that marijuana use during adolescence and early adulthood can damage the part of the brain associated with learning and memory.1 Regular marijuana use during adolescence can lead to reduced IQ scores, poorer school performance,2 and higher school dropout rates.3 MYTH: Marijuana isn’t…
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Say NO to Commercial Cannabis Production in Bennett Valley

Bennett Valley Citizens for Safe Development Please review, sign online or return BV petition by April 30th Don’t let Bennett Valley look like this:

Rules and legal requirements are important. Just not so much for Sonoma County

Permits were issued for 4 different operators to cultivate marijuana at 9001 Roblar Road, next door to drug rehab center, in violation of the ordinance setback requirements. Then a 5 year extension was issued. Did the County notice that: It was within 835 feet of a drug rehab center, in violation of the requirements in…
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Cannabis industry seeking tax relief. Their business plans didn’t work out. We are not making this up. And yes, the BOS is considering it.

It strains credulity that any business would plead for help, asking for tax breaks, simply because their business plan did not pan out and their profits were affected. EDITOR: It’s widely understood that the Board of Supervisors and Santa Rosa City Council are pro-cannabis. However, the latest push by marijuana operators to eliminate and/or decrease…
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Tax relief for cannabis operators: A gift of public funds

EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors’ consent calendar for Tuesday includes extension of the due date for cannabis business taxes from Jan. 31 to April 30. Since the extension doesn’t affect the taxes due “in any way,” as a county report says, why doesn’t the board simply require timely payment? As the saying goes, “time is…
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Native American group, Sierra Club, Farm Bureau challenge Yolo County cannabis ordinance

Capay Valley is Being Overrun Flawed EIR, overconcentration citedHigh school overwhelmed by odor75% growers are outside investors PUBLISHED: December 4, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. | UPDATED: December 4, 2021 at 11:22 a.m. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is in the midst of scheduling the mandatory settlement conference that must take place in all California Environmental Quality Act cases…
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Poor business decisions

EDITOR: I served on Sonoma County’s cannabis advisory group in 2017-18 as a neighborhood “rep” and had a lot of interaction with industry reps. Having read about mega operations near Palm Springs and large operations in Monterey County, I asked how local growers could compete when production costs here would be so much higher. The…
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Financial relief to the drug industry, Really?

Shame on you, BOS Dear Board of Supervisors, How appalling, yet utterly predictable that you would vote unanimously and without discussion to give the Sonoma County marijuana operators just what they told you to give them. I am a Redwood Empire Food Bank volunteer, and it is extremely difficult to reconcile the great care &…
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Board of Supervisors Considers Subsidizing Marijuana Cultivation

Your sales and property taxes at work to worsen your life! On January 4, the Board of Supervisors will consider requests from the marijuana industry to revise the county’s tax structure. According to the information provided in the attached PowerPoint presentation (p. 10), the current cannabis program barely breaks even.  If cultivation and other taxes…
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Board of Forestry Don’t Sacrifice Safety in favor of More Development

 The State Board of Forestry has approved revisions to the State fire safety regulations. How many parcels will be unlocked to new development in fire-prone communities? This fight is not over: At a time when our landscapes are burning and homes and lives are again being lost, whom does our Board of Forestry (BOF) serve? Unfortunately it certainly…
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