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Sonoma County releases Draft of Cannabis Lobby Revisions to Ordinance

Wholesale capitulation to the cannabis lobby and out of area speculators Abandonment of local residents, rural neighborhoods Removal of restrictions on cannabis production in the County All cannabis permits to be ministerial without neighbor notification or input Cannabis to be re-classified as an Ag crop Cannabis tourism restrictions to be removed The comment period will…
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Government for the campaign donors: Cutting out neighbors

Community Rights, Health, News / April 5, 2021 Cutting out neighbors  EDITOR: In their 2016 ordinance, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors promised that cannabis growing “would not be detrimental to health, safety, welfare or materially injurious to properties or improvements in the vicinity.” This is being sidelined in the new draft ordinance. Gone will be any ability for…
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Citizen Action: Where to write and speak up

Community Rights, News / April 12, 2021 The pandemic has given the supervisors cover to push through a campaign donor friendly agenda with little transparency. Supervisors Gore and Hopkins were the lead (cannabis ad hoc committee) in the cannabis regulations and they have failed to hear residents. There has been a steady drum beat of residents opposing cannabis in their neighborhoods and…
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Lack of Transparency by Supervisors

* The power grab on Dec. 6th below was by Supervisor Lynda Hopkins who took over board chair and the *conflict of interest was Supervisor James Gore, up for reelection in 2022. New year resolution: a transparent Sonoma County Board of Supervisors COMMENTARY from Windsor Times and Gazette: Editor’s Note: The following was a letter sent…
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Supervisors, can you hear us now? Wine and Water Watch

Supervisors, can you hear us now? Bad Government, Cannabis Issues, Groundwater, News / April 12, 2021 “Protecting water resources should be the No. 1 goal of the Board of Supervisors. It is key to our future.” Press Democrat is listening to the citizens of the county who have legitimate concerns how our government is operating and who for….. Our scarce…
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Continued Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for April 15, 2021

Note the unusual time – 6 pm. The red-lined Chapters 38 and 26 documents released on the 8th. From: Sonoma County, CA <casonoma@public.govdelivery.com>Subject: Sonoma County Cannabis Updates This email is to inform you that the meeting materials for the Continued Planning Commission Meeting scheduled for April 15, 2021 at 6:00 PM are now available.To view the meeting materials, visit…
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On Gore & Hopkins watch: the county’s cannabis regulations have been a fiasco (Wine and Water Watch)

Hopkins is on a roll: Sebastopol Inn purchase (state felt it over priced, Oakland housed 100 for Hopkins 31 same $), Measures in special election failed, power grab as board president failed, pushing biomass industry (dirtier than coal), cannabis ad hoc co-chair with Gore FIASCO. Hopkins’ comments EDITOR: I found Supervisor Lynda Hopkins’ comments in…
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Cutting neighbors out

EDITOR: There is a reason that of 58 California counties only 15 allow outdoor commercial cannabis. Impacts on neighborhoods are just too severe to offset with any mitigations. Sonoma County started out with a use permit process, as is required by the California Environmental Quality Act, but the county is now attempting to go to…
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Sonoma County cannabis growers and rural residents still at sharp odds over cultivation rules – Press Democrat article with comments/corrections to editor

Nearly 8 million Californians voted to make cannabis cultivation, sales and consumption legal in 2016, and the following year more than 360 farmers sought permission to farm the intoxicating plant in Sonoma County. Since then, only 184 permits have been granted in a county that at that time was home to about 3,000 growers. Under…
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FOG UPDATE: What Now?

Friends of Graton LA Times reporting that this is the third driest year in state history today! This has to be the most ridiculous ordinance proposal in light of drying up wells already around the county. Please consider donating to the fund.  FOG UPDATE: What Now? The Planning Commission (PC) met again on 3/25/21 to…
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Pepper Lane, a close-knit family neighborhood, threatened by large out of area commercial cannabis operation

Pepper Lane, a close-knit family neighborhood, threatened by large commercial cannabis operation. Please sign our petition, write letter to County Petition against Pepper Road commercial pot operation – Sign here If you’re in Two Rock area, please join our neighborhood coalition Join the Two Rock coalition here (Enter Two Rock in the neighborhood coalition field)…
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