CALAVERAS COUNTY

Title: California County Bans Marijuana Farms After First Allowing Them and Taking Their Money

Author: Civilized

Date: 1 March 2018

URL: https://www.civilized.life/articles/marijuana-farms-banned-california-county/

Extract: 

Calaveras County in California recently passed a law banning legal marijuana businesses from operating within its jurisdiction. However, in 2016 the county welcomed cannabis cultivators and wanted to use the industry as a way to improve the local economy. In the past two year, Calaveras County has brought in over $10 million in taxes and other revenue from the cannabis industry. And now many of those business owners who paid those taxes are angry that they’re being forced out.

There are a number of reasons Calaveras changed course. The county actually voted against the 2016 ballot initiative that eventually led to legalized recreational marijuana in the city. They also replaced members of the county board with anti-cannabis candidates who were more hostile to cultivators.

People who spoke to the LA Times gave the impression that the county board does seem to be following the wishes of its constituents. But that doesn’t mean it’s fair for the growers, who just two years ago were welcomed with open arms. Many of the businesses are threatening to sue the county to get back the money they paid over the past two years.

MARIN COUNTY

Title: How Liberal Marin County Turned NIMBY on Cannabis

Author: Leafly

Date: 27 February 2018

URL: https://www.leafly.com/news/politics/how-liberal-marin-county-turned-nimby-on-cannabis

Extract: 

Marin County, located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, was the home of the Grateful Dead and cannabis-fragrant, clothing-optional music fests in the 1960s. Three decades later, 73 percent of local voters supported Proposition 215. After its passage, the five Green Party members on the Fairfax Town Council in 1997 heartily approved a business license for the Marin Alliance.

And yet today, after another lopsided pro-cannabis vote in Marin, the Marin Alliance remains the only licensed marijuana store in the county of 260,000 residents.

Perhaps more surprisingly, the liberal haven maintains some of California’s strictest prohibitions against cannabis businesses, which are completely banned in a number of towns and in the unincorporated areas of Marin County.

 

PETALUMA

Title: Petaluma approves cannabis business zones

Author: Argus Courier

Date: 1 March 2018

URL: http://www.petaluma360.com/news/8056142-181/petaluma-approves-cannabis-business-zones

Extract: Eight months after the Petaluma City Council began to shape its policy on recreational cannabis, the city appears poised to soon open its doors for some marijuana-related businesses.

The council Monday voted 5-1 to approve an ordinance mapping out areas in the city’s business parks and industrial zones where cannabis businesses will be allowed, the final piece that needed to fall into place before work begins to finalize processes and issue a request for proposals for delivery businesses. If the second reading of the ordinance goes ahead at the council’s March 19 meeting, the rules would take effect April 19 and permits could theoretically be issued as soon as that date, Economic Development Manager Ingrid Alverde said.

 

SANTA BARBARA

Title:  Supervisors Give Green Light To Cannabis Land-Use Ordinance Amendments, Ballot Tax Measure Language

Author: Noozhawk.com

Date: 27 February 2018

URL: https://www.noozhawk.com/article/supervisors_green_light_cannabis_land_use_ordinance_ballot_tax_measure

Extract: 

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reaffirmed their support of new rules regulating the cultivation and sale of marijuana and cannabis-related products, despite pleas to stave off the decision that has been more than a year in the making.

The Board of Supervisors previously voted to adopt an ordinance that develops land-use standards for cultivating marijuana and voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt several amendments, with Supervisor Peter Adam dissenting.