Why has Sonoma County chosen to be at the forefront of commercial pot production?
Other jurisdictions have tried it, or looked at it, and ran away
Is it the cash? – an opportunity to gain some cash for county coffers?
Is it a misguided idea that we are obligated to grow it here because it was legalized by Proposition 64?
Either answer is a bad answer and a terrible disservice to the residents of the County and its rural, agricultural legacy.
We voted on Prop 64 on whether to allow our neighbors to get stoned if they choose to, without fear of prosecution. We didn’t vote to become the pot growing capital of the North Bay. We also drive cars but building them here would not be a good choice for our county.
Some of the Sonoma County cities that have banned commercial cultivation:
City Commercial Cultivation
Healdsburg Medical only – 3 outdoor plants, 6 indoor plants with medical card.
Windsor No commercial cultivation
Sebastopol Personal only up to 6 plants or 100 sf in any residential districts (can be outdoor)
Petaluma Commercial allowed in specific business parks and industrial zones – manufacturing, testing and delivery only
Rohnert Park Indoor cultivation limited to 100 sf
Santa Rosa Commercial cannabis in industrial and commercial areas only
Sonoma All commercial cannabis activities are prohibited, except for deliveries for medical
Cotati All prohibited until Feb 2018, permit applicants will be scored based on 5 factors
Cloverdale May not begin operations until permit has been approved and issued
Some of the nearby counties that have banned commercial cultivation:
Note: The ordinances can be revised. This is based on best available information on March 22, 2018 from the California State Association of Counties. http://www.counties.org/county-cannabis-ordinances]
|County Code or
|66%||Limited to 10 permits in county||6.106.00|
|San Francisco||75%||Indoor only||Ordinance 230-17|
|San Mateo||63%||Greenhouse only||Ordinance 4791|
|Santa Clara||58%||no||Division B26.5|
USA, Federal Government – Prohibited