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Dear Supes – Consider the impacts seen in other areas

Dear Supervisors: I’m aware of the huge volume of literature you must review as you attend to your official duties and wish to advise you about lessons which we need to learn and be aware of as you proceed to address the growing Cannabis industry and its impact on Sonoma County. For a number of…
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It’s high time we took a breath from marijuana commercialization

When will you wake up!? Put the pot pipe down for 5 minutes, read this letter, and think about the future for our children. What kind our country and County are we leaving them? It’s high time we took a breath from marijuana commercialization By BOB TROYER | Guest Commentary September 28, 2018 at 4:51 pm In…
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Report: Colorado, Oregon Marijuana Prices Plummet by 50 Percent

Good news for consumers, not so much for producers. When Jim Parco opened Mesa Organics, a recreational cannabis retail outlet in Pueblo, Colorado, in January 2016, an ounce of marijuana ran about $300. Now, Parco recently told KRDO, the shop — one of about 30 in a city of 100,000 people — is “selling $60 ounces…
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Remember Big Tobacco? They’re Baaaack… (SAM)

People often ask us what our biggest fear of legalization is. The answer is simple: Big Pot Already in Colorado, Washington and elsewhere, massive special interest groups and lobbies have emerged to protect the marijuana industry. As soon as Coloradans cast their votes for legalization in 2012, would-be profiteers celebrated the expected green rush. One…
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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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On Setbacks: A Proposal

 I submit my proposal to you to implement proper cannabis property setbacks in order to achieve your stated objectives to improve cannabis/neighborhood compatibility. Such setbacks changes are not included in any Phase 1 recommendations I’ve seen, and that would be a missed opportunity to make significant strides toward neighborhood compatibility — today. This map of does not demonstrate any…
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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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July 2018 Issue of the Bennett Valley VOICE Newsletter – Status of Commercial Marijuana Grows in Bennett Valley

Eleven potential commercial marijuana projects have surfaced within the Bennett Valley Area Plan. The county makes it very difficult to learn of a grow in our area, and without formal public record requests many would remain hidden. We live in the Internet Era, and it is peculiar that no county web site contains this information.…
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Cannabis crop expansion into forests threatens wildlife habitat, causes other environmental damage

November 2, 2017, Ithaca College Cannabis is grown in a greenhouse. Credit: Seastock Planting cannabis for commercial production in remote locations is creating forest fragmentation, stream modification, soil erosion and landslides. Without land-use policies to limit its environmental footprint, the impacts of cannabis farming could get worse, according to a new study published in the November…
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