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Press Release: Private Investigation Finds Allegedly Illegal Water Hauling During Drought in Sonoma County

The investigation found that cannabis cultivators in Sonoma County, California, are allegedly trucking municipal water during an unprecedented drought. PRESS RELEASE  OCT 29, 2021 11:10 EDT PETALUMA, Calif., October 29, 2021 (Newswire.com) – A private investigation firm retained by a resident of Sonoma County who belongs to SOSN, a coalition of neighborhood residents advocating common sense cultivation of commercial…
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Cannabis Operators Taking City Water, Continued

I have been following the saga of water being taken from a Santa Rosa hydrant on Scotland Court, Santa Rosa, and transported to 2260 Los Alamos Road, the location of a cannabis cultivation operation. To summarize, numerous eye witnesses on Scotland Court have since June seen a white pick-up truck with a water tank on…
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The county has gone rogue and needs adult supervision

Call for Department of Cannabis Control to step in Large corporate enterprises allowed to run slipshod, in violation of the ordinance The myth of the “little guy” small local producers Water use violations – anyone hear from the County on those? Tap Tap Is this thing on? Unsustainable water use at grows, during drought Inspection…
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Sonoma County supervisors extend cannabis cultivation permit moratorium

“One of the big questions supervisors had for Smith on Tuesday, was just how many multi-tenant permit holders are big companies taking advantage of the loophole, but Smith was unable to provide a concrete answer.” We gave you the answer, Andrew. We sent you the information. If we could find out, why didn’t you? Neighborhood…
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Bennett Valley Resident Testimonial

I believe that we all know that Prop 64 did not give our city and county governments a mandate to promote marijuana, to the exclusion of the needs and well-being and safety of Sonoma County residents. I have lived in Bennett Valley for 30 yrs. I am writing you today with an update on the…
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State Fair Adding Cannabis Competition

Weed now exhibiting along with Crafts, Student Showcase, Photography, Needlepoint, Scrapbooking… Coming soon, Meth Lab competition. The CA State Fair Cannabis Awards is a celebration of our cultivators, large and small, and represents another step towards normalization and a new conversation about cannabis. Awarding cannabis flower and its unique compounds, the science-based competition is open…
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Cannabis Operations Illegally Hauling Water in Petaluma Dairy belt

Growers stealing your public water supply. During a drought. Sonoma County response? Not much. Dear California Water Board and Department of Cannabis Control: I provide here evidence of violations of law with respect to the use of trucked water at cannabis cultivations in Sonoma County. We are experiencing an unprecedented drought during which residents of…
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Bloomfield residents protest neighboring cannabis site

EMMA MURPHY THE PRESS DEMOCRAT October 18, 2021 Melodious notes from a fiddle floated through the crisp October air as Bloomfield residents, seated in their beloved historic cemetery overlooking sweeping hills and pastures, sang, “I ask you please, don’t fence me in.” The lyrics, which were taken from parts of the Cole Porter song, “Don’t…
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Illegal pot farms take West’s scarce water

See also legal grows ANDREW SELSKYASSOCIATED PRESS September 17, 2021, 10:26AM “We were going to grow our own food. We were going to live righteously. We were going to grow organic,” Dwyer said. Over the decades that followed, he and his family did just that. But now, Deer Creek has run dry after several illegal…
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Grow pot elsewhere

It makes sense for you. It makes sense for us. EDITOR: The cannabis industry disclosed important facts during the county’s public outreach to develop a vision for an updated cannabis ordinance. Their notion that cultivation will become a marquee industry that will generate wealth and create new jobs is problematic. As reported in The Press…
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