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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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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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Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Marijuana Cultivation

A Growing Problem Over the past two decades California has watched marijuana cultivation boom without putting a plan in place to reduce the harmful effects on the environment. The drought has dramatically exposed marijuana production’s negative impacts on sensitive rivers and streams. As production expands and the possibility increases that recreational marijuana could be legalized,…
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HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHEN YOU LIVE NEXT TO A SO-CALLED LEGAL LICENSED POT GROW

Urban Oregon Legalized marijuana, but rural Oregon is paying the price CARTEL TYPE BEHAVIORS It was Urban Oregon who legalized marijuana, but it is rural Oregon that is paying the price, and it was the Oregon legislature who redefined marijuana as an agricultural crop, which allowed large commercial marijuana grows to set up next to…
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Nothing says rural, country living like a Berlin Wall. What, no gun towers?

Wall going up for new pot grow in Penngrove. This is 1/3 final length. Is this what you want in your neighborhood? Is this helping Sonoma County? Or is it really only good for some pot growers? If it needs a giant damn security wall, maybe it doesn’t belong in our rural county. Stay tuned,…
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OPINION: PD’s Recent Cannabis Poll

By Grace Guthrie The Press Democrat published an article on June 3 of their cannabis poll results from 500 county voters; three questions asked about cannabis safety, grow location, and crime. I’d like to provide two statistics not explicitly stated in the article and explain why I think they are important to your readers. First, 77%…
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