Cannabis users lobby Sonoma to ‘grow their own’

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Christian Kallen

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It was inevitable that when the Sonoma City Council directed staff to write an ordinance setting strict limits on cannabis growing at its April 16 meeting, some people would be disappointed. The council voted 3-2 that night to limit indoor cultivation to six plants, and prohibit outdoor growing entirely (save for greenhouses).

And, for some, there’s the rub…. Read More

Crucial Sonoma City Council Meeting: Two Major Cannabis Issues

Where: City Council Chambers, 177 First St West, Sonoma
When: Wednesday, May 30 at 6 PM

The Sonoma City Council has decided to shoehorn our two major cannabis issues into one meeting: Here

The council seeks to ban all personal outdoor cultivation and possibly reject an option for a local medicinal dispensary.

Agenda Item 4.5, Regulations Concerning the Personal Cultivation of Cannabis, will *ban* all outdoor personal cultivation, medicinal and recreational, if passed.

Agenda Item 6.1, Possible Action on Options for the Local Regulation of Commercial Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Activities, gives the council the opportunity to *reject* authorization for a medicinal cannabis dispensary.

If these issues are important to you as a medical patient or someone who supports adult use, this may be your last opportunity to bring the city of Sonoma into the 21st century.

None of the arguments given against either item stand the test of reasonableness.

• Banning dispensaries places unnecessary hardship on patients with limited mobility and financial security. No one should be subjected to making a 2-3 hour round-trip to access legal medication.
• Sun-grown cannabis is the most natural, affordable medicine for patients to produce for themselves. Limiting cultivation to indoors only creates a fire risk, a much larger threat to public safety. Consider the terrible events of October 2017.

Our Powerpoint presentation addresses these issues and much more: http://www.sonomavalleycannabisgroup.com/powerpoint-presentation/

These two issues affect us all, whether we live within the city limits (outdoor cultivation), or nearly anywhere within Sonoma Valley, from Kenwood to Shellville (local dispensary). So please, no matter where you live, let’s fill the seats of the council chamber and even speak at the microphone to show our support for reasonable cannabis policies.
P.S. Wear something green, if you like. Thank you!

Item 4.5 Report: Here
Item 6.1 Report: Here

Please Answer the Sonoma Index-Tribune’s Poll on Personal Outdoor Cultivation

If you have been following our alerts, you know that The Sonoma Index-Tribune’s Christian Kallan has been preparing an article on personal outdoor cultivation of cannabis. He has interviewed a number of people, including patients, and recently started a discussion thread on the NextDoor Sonoma website: https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=82851830

The Index-Tribune has also started a poll on its website entitled, “Should you be able to grow your own in Sonoma?” You will find a picture/link to it on the front page, left column, at top: http://www.sonomanews.com/

The NextdoorSonoma thread shows a roughly 10-1 ratio in favor of outdoor cultivation. Let’s back that up with an equally strong number of supporters on this IT poll. It will take only 15 seconds to accomplish.

Remember, flexing muscle on this issue builds momentum to succeed in reaching the even higher hanging fruit, a local dispensary!

Please and Thanks. : )

Volunteers for Index-Tribune article, Council Meeting Canceled, Email Council on Outdoor Cultivation

Need medical patients for Sonoma Index-Tribune article:

We are looking for volunteers to join past Mayor Ken Brown, SPG’s Jewel Mathieson and I to meet with Index-Tribune reporter Jason Walsh and talk about SVCG and its mission. Ideally we’d like folks who rely on cannabis for their medical issues and who can speak to why both outdoor cultivation and access to a local dispensary are so important.
Now is the time to get some press about our group and how it’s working to change hearts and minds. It’s time to put a “human face” on these issues: real people with real disabilities tired of fighting mindless bureaucracy while doing their best to be honest and law-abiding.
If you’re interested in participating, please send us an email at staff@sonomavalleycannabisgroup.com.

City Council meeting canceled, second reading of outdoor cultivation ban postponed:

The City Council is juggling some internal matters and it is necessary for it to again reschedule the next regular Council meeting. So, the second reading of the outdoor cultivation ban is now slated to occur Wednesday, May 30. This does give us some more lead time, which could be a good thing. We will keep you posted.

Still time for Sonoma residents to email City Council regarding outdoor cultivation:

Because the second reading of the outdoor cultivation been has been postponed to Wednesday, May 30 there is still time to email the City Council right from our website. All you need to do is fill in your name, email address, and zip code and press Send – easy as can be. (Please refrain from sending if you don’t live in the city limits. Those fortunate enough to live outside the limits, like Agua, Boyes and Fetters, are exempt from this ban.)
You can read and send the letter from our site here.

You can even edit the body of the letter to say anything you’d like. Just remember, effective emails are courteous. Be firm if you like, but polite. We only need to sway one council member’s vote and your email could be the one to do it!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sonoma Valley Cannabis Group