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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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From the field: A Pot Business At My Fence

Sonoma County’s commercial cannabis grow 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 un-permitted operation sits on my fence line and is practically in my backyard. I can no longer enjoy my backyard, or live comfortably in my house…
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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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Supervisor Lynda Hopkins Fears Disruption of Sonoma Cannabis Market Following Edict

Maybe Supervisor Hopkins needs to hear that she is on the wrong side of the cannabis train. http://radio.krcb.org/post/supervisor-lynda-hopkins-fears-disruption-sonoma-cannabis-market-following-edict#stream/0  

Many in law enforcement opposed Prop. 64 – that would legalize recreational marijuana – but lack funds to fight

The California State Sheriffs’ Association opposed the ballot measure, in part because of concerns it would lead to more crime.   Many in law enforcement oppose Prop. 64 – that would legalize recreational marijuana – but lack funds to fight A proposition to legalize pot raises DUI concerns: ‘We are going to start losing folks…
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Cloverdale pot home-invasion similar to earlier Sonoma County crimes

Armed men looking for marijuana, cash and guns broke into a Cloverdale home earlier this year, a violent intrusion with striking similarities to a series of other violent and deadly home-invasion robberies in Sonoma County. Detectives are looking into whether the cases involve some of the same suspects. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/8118759-181/cloverdale-pot-home-invasion-similar-to

Botched Sonoma County pot home invasions appear to be related

“A connection between Monday’s violent predawn home-invasion robbery in Petaluma and a similar deadly confrontation last month in Santa Rosa emerged in court Wednesday when a deputy public defender told the judge her office was not available for appointment because of an undisclosed conflict. Both incidents involved suspects from the East Coast, and the Public…
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