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Solano County banning commercial cannabis in unincorporated areas. Sonoma has even more to lose

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 CAG and Ad hoc recommendations are so fully compromised and lacking any credibility, we can all hope sounder and wiser judgement will prevail here as well.

FAIRFIELD >> The Solano County Planning Commission will review an ordinance Thursday night which would prohibit all commercial cannabis activities in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The ban covers recreational and medicinal cannabis and includes distribution, delivery, processing, manufacturing, transportation, collectives, retail, micro business, cooperatives and testing facilities, according to a staff report to the commission. 

If approved by the commission, the ordinance would go before the Solano County Board of Supervisors for formal approval and adoption.

The ban has already received support from the supervisors. During the Nov. 14, 2017 board meeting, the supervisors in a 3-2 vote, directed staff to work on the prohibition ordinance.

That move came after the board received a report from its ad-hoc committee, which recommended further review and study of cannabis micro businesses and nurseries as allowable uses in the county.

However, the board declined to follow that path.

“The primary reasons for this direction were that the unincorporated areas of Solano County lack water, wastewater treatment and road infrastructure needed for most commercial and industrial cannabis uses in rural areas,” the staff report states. “In addition, it was noted that most of the cities in Solano County, as well as nearby counties, have approved some type of commercial cannabis activities, including non-storefront cannabis retailers that provide delivery, and found that there was not a compelling need to duplicate such uses in unincorporated Solano County where services are limited.”

Commercial cannabis activities are allowed in the cities of Vallejo, Benicia, Suisun City, Rio Vista, and Dixon. They aren’t allowed in Vacaville and Fairfield. 

The Solano County Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m., Thursday inside the Board of Supervisors Chambers, on the first floor of the County Administration Center, 675 Texas St., in Fairfield.

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