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  • 3 Apr 2024 7:27 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    On April 2, 2024, Permit Sonoma ("PRMD") announced that a draft of the proposed updates to Sonoma County's comprehensive cannabis policy is finally ready for the public to review. A 30-day public comment period is now underway.

    For more information please visit these pages:





    We will be reviewing the draft in detail, and submitting feedback to PRMD on behalf of our members and of the local industry at large.

  • 8 Jan 2024 7:59 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    Huge thanks to Andrew at Go Slow Productions for capturing our first annual Holiday Harvest Celebration!

    Recap Video: e80c4f7351714bf2bf2f9b1082da1803.mp4

  • 1 Dec 2023 9:09 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    What's Going On?

    The County of Sonoma is in the middle of a multi-year process of developing a new cannabis ordinance and conducting an EIR. Public meetings will be held on December 13, 2023 (in-person and via Zoom) to discuss the County's progress and proposals for certain aspects of the program. On November 29, 2023 they released the following:

    Key Takeaways

    The full draft of the proposed new ordinance,  which will only apply to the unincorporated areas, has not been released yet. However, these new materials indicate that the County is proposing to make changes related to the cannabis land use table, meaning changes to what type of commercial cannabis activity is allowed where. They are also proposing a new concept of "residential enclaves" which would essentially function as exclusion zones where no commercial cannabis activity would be allowed. The residential enclaves would encompass numerous parcels that are currently eligible for cannabis permitting, including several that have active cannabis permits or applications pending. 

    The county is proposing to define cannabis as agriculture for the purpose of the County Code; however it wouldn't actually treat cannabis the same way as other agricultural activities, and a use permit would be required for cultivation in Ag zones. Certain ancillary activities that are not currently allowed in Ag zones would be allowed if incidental to a cultivation use, such as non-volatile manufacturing, transport-only distribution, and retail sale of cannabis grown on-site. The minimum parcel size for cultivation would be modified and the 1-acre cap would be removed. Setbacks for cultivation would be modified. The cap of 9 processor licenses would be removed. The cap of 9 dispensaries would also be eliminated, and non-storefront retailers would be allowed in certain zones. Both volatile and non-volatile manufacturing would allowed. 

    The county is seeking input on these and the other proposed Key Program Elements, including what to do about existing permitted operators or applicants in the pipeline whose activities would be disallowed by the new ordinance ("nonconforming uses"). 

    How to Participate

    The in-person meeting will take place in the Board of Supervisors chambers (575 Administration Drive, Room 102A, Santa Rosa) from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The Zoom meeting will be held from 7pm to 8pm; you can register for the Zoom meeting here.

    Written comments can be submitted to cannabis@sonoma-county.org or by mail to Permit Sonoma, ATTN: Cannabis Ordinance Update, 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95403.

    You can also send your thoughts and comments to info@scgalliance.com, as we will be having a one-on-one meeting with Permit Sonoma following the public meeting where we will discuss our feedback with the County in detail.

  • 7 Sep 2023 6:00 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    SCCA has signed onto a letter with a number of other stakeholders representing equity operators regarding California Senate Bill 51. You can read the letter below.

    9-6-23 V3 Equity Org Letter to Revoke SB 51 Amendments FV .pdf

  • 25 May 2023 5:31 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Rosa is conducting an assessment survey regarding the scope of its forthcoming cannabis equity program. You can access the survey here.

    More information about Santa Rosa's cannabis equity program can be found here: https://www.srcity.org/3839/Cannabis-Equity-Grant-Program 

  • 1 May 2023 5:35 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    We have a limited amount of vintage SCGA sweatshirts and t-shirts for sale! Prices are listed below. You can pay online with Venmo or PayPal, or pay cash at our next event. We will arrange getting the item(s) to you.

    T-shirts (green, unisex): $20

    T-shirts (black w/ color, M or W): $25

    Sweatshirts (gray): $40

  • 9 Nov 2022 12:23 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    Sonoma County is in the middle of a multi-year process to revamp its commercial cannabis regulations, including preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). You can learn more about this process and how you can participate here: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/administrative-support-and-fiscal-services/county-administrators-office/projects/cannabis-program/cannabis-program-update-and-eir 

  • 30 Oct 2022 12:15 AM | Lauren Mendelsohn (Administrator)

    The annual crop report and cannabis/hemp addendum can be found here:


    Our board member Lauren Mendelsohn did the math to show that, based on the information in the report, cannabis is the most valuable thing produced on Sonoma County farms on a per-acre basis and was one of the most valuable crops countywide overall. You can see that analysis here:


  • 5 Sep 2021 8:00 AM | Deleted user

    Sonoma County’s countywide cannabis visioning survey closes tomorrow (Monday, September 6, 2021). Members and supporters of the local cannabis industry are encouraged to submit their responses so our concerns can be heard by the Board of Supervisors as they work to revise the county’s cannabis program. This is especially important considering how there has been talk of a potential moratorium on new applications.

    Link for survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cannabisvisioningsurvey

    More information: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Cannabis-Program/

    Submit feedback about the survey to: mailto:cannabis@sonoma-county.org

    Want to get involved with SCGA’s efforts to improve cannabis policies in Sonoma County? Email us at info@scgalliance.com to learn more about our campaigns, committees, and leadership opportunities.

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