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Santa Barbara Cannabis and Its Discontents Critics Push Back Against New Industry

Santa Barbara Cannabis and Its Discontents Critics Push Back Against New Industry Ann Louise Bardach may be world famous as an investigative reporter, but in Santa Barbara County she’s emerged as a high-octane political pot-stirrer, far more inclined to use vinegar than honey to catch the proverbial flies. In recent months, Bardach teamed up with…
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The wrong way to plan for cannabis cultivation

On April 16, the Board of Supervisors will decide whether to direct Permit Sonoma to address the severe compatibility problems with cannabis cultivation in rural neighborhoods. Last year the supervisors publicly committed to amending the cannabis ordinance to fix these problems, but ultimately failed to do much. The supervisors need to acknowledge the fundamental problem.…
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Letter to Supes – Keep Phase 2 Cannabis Ordinance Review

March 15, 2019 Re: Phase 2 of Cannabis Ordinance Dear Supervisor ____ _____ As you know, Sonoma County was a trailblazer in the State of California to bring forth and legitimize the Cannabis business in our County.   And as you know, even with best of intentions, our ordinance did not foresee the many problems that…
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California is awash in cannabis cash. Some is being used to bribe public officials LAT

Sheriff Jon Lopey was startled when the mysterious stranger offered him $1 million if he would keep deputies away from certain illegal cannabis farms in Siskiyou County. Lopey called in the FBI, and, later, deliveries of envelopes stuffed with thousands of dollars in cash were recorded by cameras and microphones hidden on the sheriff’s cluttered,…
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Urgent: Demand BOS to fund Phase 2 of Cannabis Ordinance revision

Time for action – what you can do this month People are always asking “What can we do to reign in the cannabis industry?” Here is an opportunity to help move forward with much needed cannabis regulatory amendments to address neighborhood and environmental issues. Your voice can make the difference in whether we get much…
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Sorry Pharmers, your drinks taste like pee

Cannabis Drinks Confront a Serious Buzz Kill—They Taste Terrible Upstart companies tinker with ways to dial down ‘oily grass’ flavors and notes of dish soap, urine By  Vipal Monga and Jennifer Maloney Cannabis drinks are hitting the global market, promising anxiety reduction, pain relief and better sleep. One thing none of them tout is taste. “Like a…
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Sonoma COPS episodes airing – don’t miss our green pharmers at their best

Moday 10 PM Paramount Network. https://www.sfgate.com/tv/article/Sonoma-County-police-officers-Cops-TV-13643280.php#item-85307-tbla-5

Commentary: Sonoma County can do more to protect rural residents from fires (Cloverdale Reveille)

Last November, the world watched with horror as residents of Paradise tried to escape from an oncoming wildfire on clogged roads, some so desperate that they abandoned their vehicles and fled on foot. Government can reduce the risk from wildfires. Our county government should properly enforce the state’s fire safe road regulations to stop new…
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A LEGAL VICTORY AGAINST THE MARIJUANA INDUSTRY – or How to get rid of your local pot farm using RICO.

Crimson Galeria Limited Partnership v. Healthy Pharms, Inc., (D MA 2018) Civil Action No. 17-cv-11696-ADB The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act prohibits a person (also a corporation) from investing in, acquiring, or participating in the affairs of an enterprise that engages in racketeering activity. RICO applies to “medical” marijuana and recreational marijuana…
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The green bounty of pot farming, coming to your neighborhood soon…

East Coast men among four arrested after Santa Rosa marijuana deal goes bad New York residents who flew to Sonoma County for a cannabis deal were in custody Wednesday after Tuesday night’s sale turned into an attempted robbery with gunfire in a southwest Santa Rosa neighborhood, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies late…
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