A new year, a new council majority

Sonoma Valley Sun Editorial

Two things about this editorial:

1) Let’s not forget cannabis:

The City of Sonoma has a plateful of difficult and complicated issues needing resolution. Among these are: General Plan update, renewal of the Urban Growth Boundary, funding and planning for affordable housing, following through on climate protection measures, tasting rooms on the Plaza, cemetery deficits, development lawsuits, traffic circulation and pedestrian safety, and pension funding. Now is the time for serious deliberation and action.

2)

Whether left or right of center, each council member should be prepared to back opinions with their understanding of the facts, and not simply deliver a monologue that does not respond fully to the host of views and positions held by each other and the public.

Just to remind, there was a serious lack of fact-based arguments offered by some of the council members.

You can read the editorial here: Sonoma’s new City Council majority

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 …

Sonoma commercial cannabis moratorium extended…

Sonoma Index-Tribune: Jason Walsh

The City of Sonoma’s “clip” on commercial cannabis activity will hold firm for the foreseeable future, as the City Council on Monday extended its moratorium on pot sales for another six months.

The council voted 4-1 at its Oct. 22 meeting to place its third extension of an urgency ordinance banning marijuana sales, with an exception for medical cannabis delivery service from licensed businesses based outside the city limits. The current moratorium was set to expire Nov. 5. Read More …