The city of Sonoma Planning Commission and City Council will conduct public hearings on a draft ordinance that allows the outdoor cultivation of 3 plants for medicinal or personal use. However, this same draft ordinance also bans dispensaries. We feel that the outdoor provision is a step in the right direction, but find a ban on a dispensary to be unacceptable.
The city has invited public comment on both issues. You can send written comments to the Planning Commission, c/o Sonoma City Hall, No. 1 Plaza, Sonoma, CA 95476 -or- via email to email@example.com, no later than September 13, 2018. Though comments on outdoor personal cultivation apply to citizens residing within the city limits, residents of Sonoma’s surrounding communities should comment with regard to the dispensary issue.
Citizens are also invited to make comments at the Planning Commission’s public hearing, Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the City Council Chambers, 177 1st St. W. at 6:30 PM.
The Planning Commission will then forward its recommendation to the City Council for its consideration. Again, citizens of Sonoma, and in the case of the dispensary issue, also its surrounding communities, are invited to make comments on the issues of personal outdoor cultivation and permitting a dispensary by sending written comments to the City Council, c/o Sonoma City Hall, No. 1 Plaza, Sonoma, CA 95476 -or- via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than September 24, 2018.
The public is also invited to make comments at the City Council’s public hearing on September 24, 2018, at the City Council Chambers, 177 First Street West, at 6:00 p.m..
All the talking points supporting a dispensary and personal outdoor cultivation are listed on our web site: Sonoma Valley Cannabis Group.
Please feel free to use any of them, verbatim or in your own words, in your emails to the Sonoma Planning Commission and City Council. You can send them as separate emails or cc both bodies.