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Board of Supervisors Meeting May 18th

The proposed changes to the cannabis permitting process will be some of the most significant land use changes in Sonoma County in the last 40 years. Tuesday, May 18th is our best and last chance to influence the Board of Supervisors before they vote on the draft cannabis ordinance.  Below are directions on how to…
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Demonstration against cannabis proposals draws large crowd, TV and press coverage

May 17th demonstration against expansion of commercial marijuana production in Sonoma County rural neighborhoods.

From the field: Life on “Marijuana Creek Lane”

Dear Sonoma County Supervisors, Since early 2017, my neighbors and I have the had the unfortunate luck of living on Matanzas Creek Lane, or, as your staff jokingly refers to it as, ‘Marijuana Creek Lane’. We are continually reminded of Sonoma County’s poorly written, implemented, and enforced cannabis ordinance and its continued willingness to put…
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SOSN Law Firm files letter to BOS against Sonoma County Cannabis Proposal’s flawed SMND in followup to previous letter

The San Francisco law firm Shute Mihaly and Weinberger filed another letter on May 17 on behalf of Save Our Sonoma Neighborhoods. It opposes in detail the County’s proposal to vastly expand commercial cannabis cultivation based on flawed, inadequate review of environmental impacts that is not conformant with California environmental law (CEQA). The comments make two…
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Cannabis fight heats up

Neighbors gearing up for a protracted battle over proposed changes to cannabis cultivation By TYLER SILVYARGUS-COURIER EDITOR Just south of the historic Washoe House bar northwest of Petaluma, the first hints of neighborhood agitations against the area’s nascent cannabis industry appear on the asphalt of Pepper Road. In barely discernible white spray painted letters, someone has…
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California drought continues to intensify – Let’s produce 60,000 acres of water sucking drugs!

California drought continues to intensify; Cooler temperature and robust marine layer to offer some temporary relief Filed in Weather/Climate Discussion by Daniel Swain on May 10, 2021 • 196 Comments California descends deeper into drought; “Drought Emergency” declared in NorCal Well, unfortunately, the overall drought trajectory has not changed since the last post: it’s still getting worse. And pretty rapidly worse,…
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Gullixson: Do we really want Santa Rosa to become the mecca for marijuana?

August 28, 2016Press Democrat BY PAUL GULLIXSON “Santa Rosa wants this industry here. I think this is probably going to be the New Age Amsterdam.” – Larry Schaeffer, owner of Cherry Kola Farms near Penngrove, a medical cannabis collective Really? Says who? I don’t mean to be rude. But who in the world made the…
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Misleading claims about cannabis

There are several misleading claims in Ron Ferraro’s April 28 op-ed, Cultivating Cannabis in Sonoma County. The public hearing process is not normally a three to five year process. If the county and the industry had not brazenly decided on cannabis regulations without listening to or responding to neighborhood concerns, cannabis applications would have moved…
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Wine Country Fights Back in Weed Wars

© PANNA | Cannabis cultivation has ballooned in California and winemakers worry about its impact.Grapegrowers and wine producers are pushing back against the cannabis industry’s push into prime California wine country.By Kathleen Willcox | Posted Wednesday, 05-May-2021 California winemakers are scrambling for survival as the biggest cannabis farms on earth make their way into wine country, bringing…
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Real estate disclosure and Sonoma County cannabis

If the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approves the draft cannabis ordinance, some permits will be ministerial with no notice given to neighbors and no way to object to site-specific particulars. Health and safety protections and notice to impacted neighbors will disappear. The presumption is that a cannabis operation is no different than a tomato…
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