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Supervisors should move forward with moratorium

EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors is scheduled for a one hour discussion on the topic of a Cannabis Ordinance Urgency Moratorium at their meeting on September 21st. With the constant drumbeat of bad news about the water crisis in our county and the entire west, I can only assume this topic is being considered because…
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Cannabis Survey Declared Invalid by Expert

Dear County Supervisors, Statistical estimates that are to be the basis of policy decisions about cannabis in Sonoma County must be based on a valid sample of the population and valid and reliable questions. I am writing to inform you of irreparable defects in the recent online county cannabis survey that make it inappropriate, even…
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‘It’s Gonna Be A Bloodbath’: Epic Marijuana Oversupply Is Flooding California, Jeopardizing Legalization

If you want to get into the cannabis industry in California—where more than $5 billion worth of legal, adult-use cannabis is on pace to be sold this year, according to tax figures—and you want to do it quickly, don’t bother with selling adult-use cannabis. Instead, you want to grow it. Most cities in the state still don’t allow…
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It’s Entirely Too Much Freaking Cannabis

Sonoma County doesn’t need to become dependent on a drug that is bottoming out Cannabis prices continue to drop as fall harvest season threatens further saturation Joey Espinoza wears many hats in the local cannabis industry: He works with growers as a code compliance consultant and is a founder of advocacy agencies Monterey County NORML…
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Sonoma grower seeks to overturn ban on firearms at pot grows – fears for his safety and property

Sonoma County and growers often claim there are no problems at permitted grows—that illegal activity only happens at black market grows. Not true. A grower near Knights Valley, Nicolas Bettencourt, has filed the attached law suit against Sonoma County. He asks the court to strike down Sec. 26-88-254(f)(21) of the cannabis ordinance that includes the…
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An inconvenient truth (about weed)

Dear environmentalists: Cannabis is not a good story in terms of carbon footprint, resources… Federal laws bar cannabis from crossing state lines, driving up the cost — and the emissions — of an industry using indoor grow operations Marijuana has never been more popular in the U.S. — and its carbon emissions have never posed…
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Dr. Kevin Sabet: Cannabis industry causing ‘huge’ environmental problems

Report calls out ‘inconvenient truth’ about marijuana and carbon emissions Smart Approaches to Marijuana CEO Dr. Kevin Sabet told “Fox & Friends” on Friday that the cannabis industry is being a “huge problem” for the environment when it comes to water and electricity usage. Sabet reacted to a Politico report calling out the “inconvenient truth” about carbon emissions from the cannabis…
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Our disappearing river… (SoCoNews)

Months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom, target of a disgruntled developer and facing a recall campaign while managing extraordinary wildfire storms, COVID-19 and worsening drought, called for a voluntary water conservation effort that initially targeted only Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Not too much later, as the greatest reservoirs in the state came closer to reaching their…
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Study: North Coast cannabis growers rely more on groundwater amid debate over drought restrictions

A new study has found that cannabis farms in California’s prime growing regions, including the North Coast, rely primarily on groundwater wells to irrigate their crop as opposed to streams, providing more insight into the debate over water scarcity as the state grapples with a historic drought. The Cannabis Research Center at UC Berkeley report…
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Question: Why hasn’t Prop 64 ended the horrific decimation of our lands and resources by marijuana growers?

Illegal pot invades California’s deserts, bringing violence, fear, ecological destruction By JACLYN COSGROVE, LOUIS SAHAGÚN | LOS ANGELES TIMES EXCLUSIVE JULY 11, 2021 5 AM PT Before his corpse was dumped in a shallow grave 50 miles north of Los Angeles, Mauricio Ismael Gonzalez-Ramirez was held prisoner at one of the hundreds of black-market pot farms that…
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