Sonoma County Cannabis Applications

There is a great deal of confusion around the August 31st Deadline for completing transition and penalty relief. Our team has actively supported extending these deadlines, but have also advised clients to keep moving forward with their CUP, MUP or ZP applications irrespective of the August 31st date. We have only submitted penalty relief forms for clients who do NOT have qualifying zoning. This is the direction we were given by the County Planning Department.

Another serious misunderstanding is penalty relief itself. Penalty relief ONLY applies to land use penalties. If you have unpermitted structures, grading violations, unpermitted tree removal, fire or hazardous materials code violations penalty relief does NOT apply.

Protect yourself and speak out, support the effort to extend transition. Come to the September 12, 2017 Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Rosa. Brian Elliott

Sessions’ is at it again. Really? Wants to compare Cannabis to Heroin? Really?

AG Sessions Continues Verbal Tirade Against Marijuana Use Wednesday
March 16, 2017 by AggregatedNews 0 Comments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions continued to make eyebrow-raising statements about marijuana on Wednesday, though he did not utter a line in a prepared speech that marijuana use is “only slightly less awful” than heroin addiction.

Justice Department spokespeople did not immediately respond to an inquiry about why Sessions dropped the line, which had attracted widespread attention on Twitter after the prepared speech was posted online ahead of an event in Richmond, Virginia.

The comparison, of course, is controversial. Heroin killed nearly 13,000 Americans in 2015 and related opioids another 20,000, and users often commit a wide range of crimes to support their addictions.

Marijuana is used by a much larger population and doesn’t kill users — with legalization advocates arguing it’s even safer than alcohol.

Though he did not utter the particular claim, Sessions did give an increasingly familiar denunciation of marijuana, ridiculing the findings of preliminary research that shows more liberal pot laws may contribute to less opioid abuse.

At his podium, Sessions said “we’re not going to worry about being fashionable” and predicted victory in an undefined “argument” in “the months to come.” [Read more at US News]

Our Attorney General is dangerous

Session Beats War Drum on Pot Legalization, Concerning States Attorney General
March 1, 2017 by AggregatedNews 3 Comments

The U.S. attorney general disputes a link between pot and lower opioid use after warning of surrounding violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has for a second time this week publicly bashed marijuana legalization, abandoning his confirmation-process reticence to discuss the topic and reclaiming his colorful opposition.

On Tuesday, Sessions told a Washington ballroom packed with state attorneys general – many of them in charge of defending laws that conflict with federal prohibition – that pot legalization should be resisted, though he did not describe any specific plans to challenge state-regulated markets.

Attorneys general of three states with laws allowing for recreational sales told U.S. News after the remarks that Sessions needs to clarify his intentions toward the voter-approved laws that have spawned a multibillion-dollar state-legal industry.

“Marijuana is a cure for opiate abuse? Give me a break,” Sessions had told the room, discounting what he said was a recent Washington Post article associating lax pot laws with less opioid abuse, a link demonstrated by research. [Read More @ US News]

Cloverdale still considering ordinance

The City of Cloverdale is still considering the content of its Cannabis Business Ordinance. The ordinance will amend Title 18 and this is an opportunity for those interested in doing business in Cloverdale to have a say. Cloverdale is the only community in Sonoma County that has already passed a voter approved tax measure. The 10% cap is, in my opinion, too high and we need to be vocal about introductory tax rates. Let’s keep it small to begin with and look at the data. High rates will keep the industry underground and not achieve the goal of compliance and regulation.

City of Santa Rosa is Listening

For those of you who have been following the City of Santa Rosa progress with their comprehensive Cannabis ordinance and the local tax measure, you know that the Santa Rosa Cannabis sub-committee is listening to the input given by those in attendance. We have to thank Clare Hartman and David Guhin for their guidance and dedication. And thanks to the Santa Rosa City Council members committed to this challenging process. A Special shout out to John Sawyer and Chris Rogers for their open mindeness toward this business. Each has challenged over regulations just because it is Cannabis.

See you at next week’s City meeting, Thursday at 0900. Brian

Sonoma County Ordinance-Santa Rosa and Cloverdale Sub-Committees

If you want to stay engaged in the Cannabis regulatory conversation, you should be paying attention to these opportunities to provide input.  Big questions remain about Rural Residential zoning in Sonoma County and existing business grandfathering pretty much everywhere.  Use your local Sonoma County Growers Alliance to stay in touch.  Meeting is coming up 10-27-2016.  If you are not a member, it is time to join.