Above the fold: Stories that intrigued Sonoma in 2018

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Christian Kallen

…While some hailed the first year of legal recreational use of cannabis in California – and its taxes a potential source of revenue for cash-strapped communities – not everyone was sold on the benefits of cannabis as civic savior. That includes the Sonoma City Council, which put permanent pressure on the pause button over pot sales in town with a series of moratoriums on a dispensary. An effort by Sonoma dispensary-hopeful Jon Early to force the city’s hand with a citizen petition backfired when the council delayed a vote on the petition in order to study it further, eventually approving it for a place on the ballot in November of 2020. Read More …

Cannabis deliveries to City of Sonoma still limited to medical patients

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Christian Kallen

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Sonoma cannabis users are voicing their frustration over what they say are mixed messages about whether or not a medical marijuana patient can get their medicine delivered to a Sonoma address.

While the City Council earlier this year banned licensing a physical cannabis dispensary, the city does allow licensed deliveries of medical marijuana into Sonoma – and a recent ruling by the state Bureau of Cannabis Control went further, deeming all adult cannabis deliveries legal in local jurisdictions under state law. Read More …

Sonoma County restricts cannabis operations near bike, pedestrian trails amid opposition

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Hannah Beausang

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors last week approved a setback requirement governing cannabis operations near county bike and pedestrian trails, further limiting areas where marijuana can be cultivated.

The move came before an overflow crowd amid opposition from a proposed west county cannabis business and advocates who say it creates additional confusion and excessive regulation for marijuana proprietors. Read More …

California regulators approve cannabis deliveries statewide

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Paul Elias

SAN FRANCISCO — California regulators on Friday said marijuana deliveries can be made anywhere in the state, even in locales that ban cannabis.

Law enforcement groups and the California League of Cities opposed the move, arguing that pot deliveries to places that ban cannabis erodes local government control and will increase crime in those areas. Read More …