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Wine country looking more like cannabis country in California

BY ANGELA HART ahart@sacbee.com May 11, 2017 12:01 AM Updated May 12, 2017 10:53 AM The grapevines that line rolling hillsides and sweeping valleys in Northern California’s wine country have become iconic – a symbol of the region’s rustic charm that helped California earn its reputation as a world-class wine and food destination. But winegrapes…
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Linegar’s Legacy

The way that cannabis applications will be considered in Sonoma County is going through a radical change, thanks to our Agricultural Commissioner, Tony Linegar, who is, at 54, retiring and moving to Hawaii, leaving us to deal with the fallout of his poor policy. All along, Mr. Linegar has been telling worried residents that the…
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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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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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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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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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Toxic pesticide use rising at illegal California pot farms

But not to worry – when pot farms go legal these stellar operators see the light of green environmentalism and immediately convert their practices to holistic, organic methods – they switch to ginger and rosemary instead of these chemicals. Researchers and U.S. authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use…
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U.S. Attorney Joins Forces with Federal, State and Local Leaders and Experts to Combat the Devastating Environmental Effects of Public-Land Marijuana Grows

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, federal, state, and local leaders joined with experts to highlight the devastating damage that illegal, public-land marijuana grows do to our national forests, the wildlife who inhabit them, and the streams and waterways that flow through them. Making the announcement today were U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott; U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest…
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