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Board of Forestry Don’t Sacrifice Safety in favor of More Development

 The State Board of Forestry has approved revisions to the State fire safety regulations. How many parcels will be unlocked to new development in fire-prone communities? This fight is not over: At a time when our landscapes are burning and homes and lives are again being lost, whom does our Board of Forestry (BOF) serve? Unfortunately it certainly…
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Americans Flee As Cartels Take Over Small Town California

Cartelville, USA: Americans flee as Cartels take over small town California The threat of cartels can be felt and seen in one part of America more than ever before: Southern California. Small towns in the area have been overrun by gang activity, causing residents to flee. The Daily Caller’s investigative team went in the trenches…
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Awash in illegal pot farms, Oregon plans millions for relief

Foreign cartels involved By ANDREW SELSKY, Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Theft of water during a drought. Exploitation of immigrant laborers. Intimidation of residents by armed criminals.© Provided by Associated Press A marijuana grow is seen on Sept. 2, 2021, in an aerial photo taken by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office in the community of Alfalfa, Ore.…
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Only in Sonoma File: Ag Commissioner plays CYA on allowing multiple permits on single parcel

The Ag Commissioner has been actively promoting issuance of multiple 10,000 square feet cannabis permits per parcel that total up to an acre, in violation of the cannabis ordinance that allows an aggregate of no more than 10,000 square feet of cultivation per parcel. In this article, Ag Commissioner Andrew Smith acts like he’s solving…
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Equity Grants for pot cultivators

“The County staff increasingly seem to inhabit a parallel universe that by my lights is a freak and horror show” I understand that staff is proposing that Penalty Relief Project (PRP) applicants receive “equity grants” up to $70,000 based on a report entitled “Sonoma County Cannabis Equity Assessment.” The only ongoing PRP application in Bennett…
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In a disastrous drought, a grim milestone: California could see its first big reservoir run dry

SF ChronicleKurtis AlexanderNov. 12, 2021 REDWOOD VALLEY, Mendocino County — Lake Mendocino, once a plentiful reservoir nourishing the vines and villas of Sonoma and Mendocino counties, today is little more than a large pond, cowering beneath the coastal hills. The exposed and cracked mud on the reservoir’s floor, as much as the wildfire that burned…
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Calif. officials targeted in pot licensing probe

Ruben Vives and Robert J. Lopez Los Angeles Times TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE LOS ANGELES – A federal grand jury has issued subpoenas seeking information about cash and other payments to public officials and cannabis consultants as part of a criminal investigation into pot licensing in Baldwin Park and nearby cities, the Los Angeles Times has learned.…
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Cartels Using Narco-Slaves to Grow Illegal Marijuana on Industrial Scale in Oregon

Locals spooked, police overwhelmed That cannabis cachet just keeps on flowering… If this piece doesn’t make you barf, read this one about Chinese pot speculators decimating the Navajo Nation. BY SCOTTIE BARNES November 1, 2021 Updated: November 2, 2021 Seven years after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, the market for cannabis is booming. But rather than propagate a legal agricultural…
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Calfornia North Coast illegal cannabis farms siphoning water amid drought

Previous SOSN post about legal pharmers stealing water from fire hydrants See the similarities? SUSAN WOODTHE NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNALSeptember 2, 2021 A bust of an illegal cannabis grow site within Sonoma Coast State Park has weeded out an even bigger problem for the North Bay suffering from a drought year — water theft. “Cannabis…
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Corporate cannabis is gaming Sonoma County and violating state and local laws, while supervisors rig permitting to avoid protecting Sonoma County’s environment

Sonoma County has succeeded in rapidly accelerating cannabis permitting by issuing ministerial ZoningPermits (ZP), cannabis permits that violate Sonoma County’s cannabis ordinance. Instead of benefiting“small family farmers,” purportedly the group Sonoma County Supervisors want to encourage, theCounty’s actions have in its place benefitted large cannabis operators such as CannaCraft and SPARC, asyou will see in…
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