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Sonoma County Marijuana Town Hall Meetings

The County of Sonoma will be holding a series of town hall meetings and conducting an online survey to receive input on marijuana regulation in unincorporated Sonoma County. Led by the Medical Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee of Supervisors Efren Carrillo and Susan Gorin, the County is currently in the process of developing ordinances and policies to create a comprehensive regulatory scheme for the marijuana industry.

This Survey states that California has authorized cannabis for medical use since 1996, but recent legislation provides regulation for commercial cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and sale of marijuana, specifcally for medical use. Permits and licenses are designed to protect our environment from illegal grows, protect consumers from inconsistent products and provide a system for taxing labor and sale to support our communites and government. The survey is anonymous and is designed to help our state support this transistion to full legality in a way that works for everyone.

“Defining the structure and regulatory aspect of the commercial marijuana industry in Sonoma County comes with complex issues along with many opportunities and challenges,” said Supervisor Carrillo. “We know this growing industry will have a big impact on our County and encourage all stakeholders to participate in shaping the County’s approach.”

The town hall meetings will consist of a brief presentation on the status of the regulatory process. The majority of the meetings will provide an opportunity for attendees to provide feedback and ask questions on key issue areas. Representatives from a number of County departments will be available to discuss the marijuana industry as it relates to agriculture and the environment, health and human services, taxation and revenue, economic development, and enforcement.

You can attend ANY of the meetings. You do not have to be the one that represents your district. This is a state-wide  initiative.

Town hall meetings will be held in each supervisorial district as follows:  

District 1:
Hosted by Supervisor Susan Gorin
Monday, July 18, 2016 
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 
Sonoma Veterans Memorial Building 
126 First Street West 
Sonoma, CA 95476

District 2:
Hosted by Supervisor David Rabbitt
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Petaluma Community Center
320 N. McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, CA 94954

District 5:
Hosted by Supervisor Efren Carrillo
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Sebastopol Grange
6000 Sebastopol Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 95472

District 3:
Co-hosted by Supervisor Shirlee Zane & the City of Santa Rosa
Thursday, July 28, 2016
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

District 4:
Hosted by Supervisor James Gore
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
6 pm – 8 pm
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

If you cannot attend the meetings and want your opinions known to supervisors - in addition to the survey questions - here is their contact information: