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Chinese crime syndicate’s alleged pot grows lead to seizure of 100 homes in Sacramento area

In the largest operation of its kind, federal agents swept across the Sacramento region Tuesday and Wednesday targeting about 75 homes serving as suspected marijuana growing sites that authorities say are operated by a Chinese organized crime syndicate. The raids, which involved more than 500 federal, state and local agents, hit homes from Elk Grove…
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US seizes pot-growing houses tied to China-based criminals

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. Hundreds of federal and local law enforcement agents have seized roughly 100 Northern California houses purchased with money wired to the United States by a Chinese-based crime organization and used to grow massive amounts of marijuana illegally, authorities said Wednesday. The raids culminated a monthslong investigation focusing on dozens of Chinese nationals who…
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From the field: Latest Sonoma County Gazette pot Op Eds

https://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/letters-from-gazette-readers-april-2018 No commercial cannabis near homes I live in a RR (Rural Residential) area near Penngrove and Petaluma. We have paid taxes to live in this safe, tranquil residential area, originally zoned AR, since January 1989. My neighbors and I absolutely do NOT want the encroachment of cannabis growers in this area. None of us…
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Cannabis grows in violation of environmental laws

Dear Editor, The owners of two proposed cannabis grows in Bennett Valley are violating environmental or planning laws while the county allows them to continue to grow their lucrative crops. California Fish and Wildlife has determined that a grower on Matanzas Creek Lane has polluted and diverted a stream channel. Not long ago, the county…
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Why has Sonoma County chosen to be at the forefront of commercial pot production?

Other jurisdictions have tried it, or looked at it, and ran away Is it the cash? – an opportunity to gain some cash for county coffers? Or Is it a misguided idea that we are obligated to grow it here because it was legalized by Proposition 64? Either answer is a bad answer and a…
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From the Field: PD Post. I can no longer enjoy my back yard

Commercial cannabis  EDITOR: Sonoma County’s cannabis growing businesses should be allowed only in industrial zones, not in neighborhoods. One popped up next door to me and turned my life upside down. This unpermitted operation sits on my fence line and is practically in my backyard. I can no longer enjoy my backyard or live comfortably…
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California’s New Pot Laws Face Bumpy Rollout

Many experts say the state is blunting its own effort with over-regulation and high taxes, potentially stifling a high-growth market   By Nour Malas March 24, 2018 7:00 a.m. ET 71 COMMENTS SAN FRANCISCO—California has long been seen by outsiders as a sort of Wild West of weed, with marijuana growers and medical dispensaries operating for…
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SOS Neighborhoods Cannabis Permit Map updated to include ministerial permits

Map of Current Cannabis permit applications in Sonoma County Pins in Red are ministerial permits – You won’t be notified of these operations coming to your neighborhood by  the County. Destroying your neighborhood is just a formality in these cases. Rubber stamp. No notification to neighbors, no review, no hearings, no environmental impact study, no water…
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PD Editorial: Safety must come first in cannabis rules

Residents, especially in rural neighborhoods, are justifiably frightened about being the next victims of a violent break-in at a home with no connection to the cannabis trade. “How many more of these need to happen before the board takes some kind of measure to revamp the ordinance that we have?” Chuck Pinnow, a Penngrove resident,…
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24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana Production in America

You thought your pot came from environmentally conscious hippies? Think again. The way marijuana is grown in America, it turns out, is anything but sustainable and organic. Check out these mind-blowing stats, and while you’re at it, read Josh Harkinson’s feature story, “The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming.” 24 Mind-Blowing Facts About Marijuana…
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