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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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Legal pot in California brings host of environmental rules

December 22, 2017 by Ellen Knickmeyer In this undated photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, are fallen trees amidst a marijuana farm in the Klamath River watershed, just outside the Yurok Reservation near Klamath, Calif. California pot growers …more At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California’s soon-to-be-legal…
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Illegal Pot Farms Are Poisoning California’s Forests

Secret growers are taking advantage of the state’s remote stretches of public land—and the environmental impact is severe. In the gray half-light of dawn, eight figures creep through the dry pine forest near Quincy, California. Seven of them wear camo uniforms bearing the logos of various government agencies: U.S. Forest Service, National Guard, California Fish…
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If you think pot cultivation is about small, local farms – Grow Up

Pot businesses rush to fill Santa Rosa industrial buildings “A group of New York investors with a $30 million real estate fund recently visited the area looking to buy properties for industrial and agricultural cannabis businesses”, said Sherri Haskell, founder of Sausalito-based CannaAngels investment firm, who helped the New York group make local connections.” Full…
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Buzz Kill for Pot Farmers: Lower Prices (WSJ)

Editor’s Note Most everything about the current Pot growing situation in Sonoma County is transitory. Over medium to long term prices will drop and the small growers will be pushed out by big Pot, the new version of Big Tobacco. So when you advocate for pot growing in Sonoma County, you are advocating for big…
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THE PROFITEERS IN THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY PROMISE RICHES FOR STATES THAT LEGALIZE MARIJUANA BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE

 the only ones getting rich are the marijuana industry. State governments and society lose money whenever pot is legalized. Whether it is costs to employers, increases to social service costs, the rise in homelessness or the regulatory system created to manage the marijuana program, the marijuana industry doesn’t pay these costs. Instead, we all pay:…
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The ongoing environmental catastrophe of marijuana cultivation (Bioscience)

High Time for Conservation: Adding the Environment to the Debate on Marijuana Liberalization The liberalization of marijuana policies, including the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, is sweeping the United States and other countries. Marijuana cultivation can have significant negative collateral effects on the environment that are often unknown or overlooked. Focusing on the state…
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Study: Deadly pesticide use increases at illegal cannabis farms

But when they become legalized, these practices disappear. Legal pot grows are pure as the driven snow. Yea right. SACRAMENTO — Researchers and federal authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use of a powerful pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California. The pesticide residue is…
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