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We hosted a panel with important local policy decision makers including District 2 Supervisor David Rabbitt, Tennis Wick from Permit Sonoma, and Tony Linegar the Ag Commissioner. Hear what they have to say about commercial cannabis.

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Lawmakers who supported legalizing marijuana in California contended that it would lead to greater regulation, curb the black markets and stop money laundering. Since legalization, however, citizens have found that legalization has not made their communities safer, nor reduced crime or the use of illegal drugs. Check this page for recent news articles addressing this contentious issue, and stay informed.

State, local regulators talk challenges of first 60 days of marijuana legalization

The Cannifornian

March 02, 2018

"Sonoma County Agricultural Commissioner Tony Linegar was blunt with his concerns about the future of the industry. Linegar said overburdening local regulations may actually be perpetuating the black market and are driving out small farmers in favor of larger, corporate grows...." He says that, "If the overall goal of the program was to create a regulatory scheme that favored a corporate, big-dollar, new money industry then I think we have succeeded, [and] if the goal was to create a workable regulatory pathway for existing cultivators to become legal I think we have failed.”

"Sonoma County issues first cannabis permit"


December 04, 2017

The county of Sonoma issued the first cannabis cultivation permit on Monday, Dec. 4. The county began accepting applications on July 5 and is currently processing 127 applications between its ag and building (PRMD) departments.  Shannon and Cameron Hattan, co-founders of Fiddlers Greens, were issued a zoning permit from the Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures. It allows up to 10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation on their property outside of Sebastopol.

"Cannabis businesses seek permits outside Petaluma"

Argus Courier

November 30, 2017

Petaluma’s ban on cannabis dispensaries and large-scale marijuana cultivation within city limits has opened the door for a flood of applications for those businesses on the city’s fringes, with a dispensary potentially opening on Ely Road. 

"High tech, high finance and high times for U.S. pot industry"


December 06, 2017

Many Sonoma County cannabis applicants claim to be local growers merely trying to legalize and professionalize their pot growing operations. This claim is not only misleading, but distracts from the tangible, negative impacts of cannabis cultivation to rural communities like ours.  In fact, California legislators have made it so lucrative to grow cannabis in California, tech moguls are switching professions.


According to this article, the legal cannabis market is currently worth about $8 billion, and is predicted to triple in size to $22.6 billion in total annual sales by 2021.This projection could make it bigger than the America’s most profitable sports organization: the National Football League. This growth has caught the attention of entrepreneurs and investors who previously traded in high-paid corporate jobs in the technology and finance sectors. Petaluma Hills Farm and other proposed grows in our area are no exception to this trend. Their profits in this industry, however, will not be made without costs; alternatively, the average citizen living near these commercial cannabis operations will bear the brunt of this industry and the side effects.

"Rush of pot grows splits rural California before legal sales"

The Press Democrat

November 24, 2017

Political turmoil has beset rural California due to the forthcoming issuance of cannabis grow permits. This issue has deeply divided rural Northern California as pot growers--both legal and illegal--are forced to be more transparent about their operations as they encroach upon rural neighborhoods. 

The Sacramento Bee

October 17, 2017

This article featured in the Saramento Bee discusses how marijuana growers and smugglers, who are often foreign nationals, are now targeting California post-Prop 64. This is primarily because marijuana smugglers and growers often assume they can "....operate in the shadows of commercial enterprises that are licensed to grow pot." Recent indictments illustrate how, “...the black market for marijuana has not gone away since recreational marijuana was legalized in [California].” 

The New York Times

September 07, 2017

This article highlights some of the many shortcomings of California's Prop 64, which has been characterized as a "grave miscalculation," by critics since coming into effect. Of these shortcomings, widespread crime in rural areas is considered one of the law's most significant blind-spots. In addition to characterizing the California legalization process as "opaque and confusing," this article features testimonies from local law enforcement representatives. Of these, Mendocino County's District Attorney, David Eyster, is notably quoted as saying, "..the folks in the big cities, they don't realize that out in rural areas where the marijuana is being grown, there are people being robbed, kidnapped, and in some cases murdered." 

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