The regulatory landscape around Cannabis in Sonoma County and California more broadly is evolving rapidly. Follow our blog for the latest in commentary and analysis of the evolving issues and regulation.

Plowed field

Now cannabis wants you to pay for them not to grow

May 3, 2022
For the last decade, cannabis growers having been talking up their water efficiency and fighting to be allowed to grow on every farm, slope, and hill in the county. But now that prices are low and taxpayer handouts are on offer, cannabis wants to be included with our water intensive crops and be paid to fallow.
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Small plant being watered in a parched earth

Don't start giving away our water to the highest bidder

April 27, 2022
The cannabis industry claims to have a right to Sonoma's water on the false premise that since it generates more revenues per acre than some of our crops, it's a more efficient user of water. However, in a world where our water rights are not - yet - based on highest ability to pay, this is an irrelevant and dangerous equivalence to be citing.
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Residential house under construction

Does the County's Water Baseline Analysis include its affordable housing commitments?

April 22, 2022
The County has a large affordable housing mandate to fulfill -- yet no one seems to be talking about the additional water demand this will drive.
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Stacks of coins in front of a piggy bank

How did we end up with a 45% cannabis tax break??

April 20, 2022
The Board of Supervisors approved a 45% tax reduction for cannabis operations, taking $800K from county revenue for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. Now, instead of the County funding essential services from cannabis tax revenues, as was promoted in Measure A (the legislation that legalized cannabis in Sonoma County), taxpayers will be shouldering the cost of the cannabis program instead.
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Water flowing in a river

Why is Permit Sonoma focused on expediting cannabis approvals while lacking fundamental baseline water availability data?

April 18, 2022
Permit Sonoma is spending $1M to expedite cannabis permitting - a high water intensity use frequently sited in low water availability areas. Shouldn't we be updating our water availability studies and building a better understanding of our watersheds' carrying capacity before we approve more high water uses on the basis of outdated or faulty data?
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