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Cannabis industry seeking tax relief. Their business plans didn’t work out. We are not making this up. And yes, the BOS is considering it.

It strains credulity that any business would plead for help, asking for tax breaks, simply because their business plan did not pan out and their profits were affected. EDITOR: It’s widely understood that the Board of Supervisors and Santa Rosa City Council are pro-cannabis. However, the latest push by marijuana operators to eliminate and/or decrease…
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Tax relief for cannabis operators: A gift of public funds

EDITOR: The Board of Supervisors’ consent calendar for Tuesday includes extension of the due date for cannabis business taxes from Jan. 31 to April 30. Since the extension doesn’t affect the taxes due “in any way,” as a county report says, why doesn’t the board simply require timely payment? As the saying goes, “time is…
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Once-high-flying Flow Cannabis Co. falls to earth amid woes, offering lesson for others

By Jackie BryantJanuary 25, 2022 – Updated January 25, 2022  By vowing to help underground marijuana farmers in the Emerald Triangle become legal growers, Flow Cannabis Co. became the vanguard of the historic Northern California growing region. The marijuana distributor, which launched in California in 2015, was an early and vocal advocate for small growers in Humboldt, Mendocino…
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Native American group, Sierra Club, Farm Bureau challenge Yolo County cannabis ordinance

Capay Valley is Being Overrun Flawed EIR, overconcentration citedHigh school overwhelmed by odor75% growers are outside investors PUBLISHED: December 4, 2021 at 11:21 a.m. | UPDATED: December 4, 2021 at 11:22 a.m. The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation is in the midst of scheduling the mandatory settlement conference that must take place in all California Environmental Quality Act cases…
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Poor business decisions

EDITOR: I served on Sonoma County’s cannabis advisory group in 2017-18 as a neighborhood “rep” and had a lot of interaction with industry reps. Having read about mega operations near Palm Springs and large operations in Monterey County, I asked how local growers could compete when production costs here would be so much higher. The…
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Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize the Cannabis Industry

Recently, the cannabis industry has been lobbying the state and county for tax reductions. They claim the recent drop in prices make cultivation and manufacturing taxes unaffordable. Before granting tax relief, let’s review how the industry arrived at this point, the real problem and if county tax relief is the right solution. Proposition 64’s selling…
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Financial relief to the drug industry, Really?

Shame on you, BOS Dear Board of Supervisors, How appalling, yet utterly predictable that you would vote unanimously and without discussion to give the Sonoma County marijuana operators just what they told you to give them. I am a Redwood Empire Food Bank volunteer, and it is extremely difficult to reconcile the great care &…
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Board of Supervisors Considers Subsidizing Marijuana Cultivation

Your sales and property taxes at work to worsen your life! On January 4, the Board of Supervisors will consider requests from the marijuana industry to revise the county’s tax structure. According to the information provided in the attached PowerPoint presentation (p. 10), the current cannabis program barely breaks even.  If cultivation and other taxes…
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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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