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Commercial Cannabis Applications Concern Communities

Feb 11, 2018

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February 21st COMMUNITY MEETING WITH SUPERVISOR DAVID RABBIT. 

Below is a fact sheet containing the addresses and basic details of the five commercial cannabis applications the

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No Pot on Purvine most concerned about. All are welcome to pack the meeting hall!

The number of applications in Petaluma has jumped from one to SIX commercial (up to 1 acre) cannabis farms within a three-mile radius. The county has not indicated that they are thinking about the concentration of cannabis in our area, nor are they addressing the cumulative impact of these applications on our area's overall water, traffic, safety, etc. Our area is under siege. This is a huge problem and we are planning to address it with David Rabbit at our next meeting.

Community Meeting with David Rabbit:

Where: Petaluma Ghost (Portuguese) Hall: 4649 Bodega Avenue, Petaluma CA 

When: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018.   6pm-7:30 PM

RSVP or Questions: Respond to this email or call our coordinator at 707-559-8563

The Website. Stay up-to-date on all relevant developments by checking out our website. Most notably is our new Community Map, which shows most known commercial applications in our area. Please visit WWW.NOPOTONPURVNE.COM

Petaluma Hills Farm. Our efforts and counsel have succeeded in forcing the County to require a 72-hour test of the well on 334 Purvine Road. This is great, as this test would normally not be required and will work toward proving the water scarcity issue we face. As an added bonus, it delays their application process by three to four months (until July), affording us the time required to focus on our policy initiatives. Water User. Do not be fooled by applicants' claims of using low-or-no water. We had a development representative run their numbers. Petaluma Hills Farm states they plan to use only 200,000 gallons on water annually. According to our newer numbers, their actual water use is closer to 2,500,000 gallons on water annually. THAT'S A LOT OF WATER.

Commercial Cannabis Exclusion Zone and the Cannabis Advisory Board. Given the fact that the county continues to accept applications in our area despite public outcry, we have become increasingly aware that our best chance of preventing ALL of these applications is to become a commercial cannabis exclusion zone. A cannabis exclusion zone means that the commercial cultivation of cannabis is inappropriate because it will cause significant impacts to an area's 1) environment, 2) water resources, 3) utilities, 4) roads, 5) Fire Protection, 6) Security and 7) Residential Character. Sound familiar? This designation aligns with the community's concerns and with the availability of resources in our area. We are working with the Cannabis Advisory Committee to develop an application process for this designation and to be classified as an exclusion zone. 

Neighboring City Grows: We also remind you to support our neighbors in Penngrove: A cannabis permit application on 8105 Davis Lane was approved on 2/5/18. Although their situation is a bit different than what we face here in West Petaluma, we stand with them and maintain the current Cannabis Ordinance is flawed for numerous reasons and needs to be corrected.

Comments:

Feb 14, 2018
Re: Petaluma Hills Farm - We look forward to connecting with the public on February 21. We would like to inform our community of the facts surrounding our project on Purvine. We welcome an open dialogue and will attend to answer questions, discuss concerns and address unsubstantiated claims about our project, including water usage. Also, please note the permit process is going through its normal course of business. For more information, please visit: 334purvine.com. Thank you.
- Sam Magruder

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