Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Confusion Continues

Contention and Chaos over Cannabis Committee Report will Delay BOS Action

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The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors (BOS) was expected to take up cannabis cultivation at their next regular meeting on April 12. At this time it appears the matter will be put off until April 19th at the earliest because the Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee has failed to reach agreement on some of their recommendations.

Last December, the BOS approved adding a new chapter to the County Code creating the “Medical Cannabis Cultivation Licensing Program” (MCCLP). They also approved two categories of commercial cannabis cultivation and extended the term of their 13 member Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4). They asked the committee to provide additional recommendations for indoor and outdoor cultivation as well as to consider other issues related to business of medical cannabis like processing, distribution, transport, testing, etc.

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County Cannabis Committee to Discuss Local Licensing at Tues Meeting

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The Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) will consider local licensing as a way to bring county regulations into line with new state laws as they hold their 7th meeting on Tues, 9am at the Simpkins Center.

At their last meeting the committee voted to begin discussing licensing as specific policy they might recommend the Board of Supervisors consider.  The committee agreed to push back or eliminate some additional planned presentations from outside experts and county staff in order to begin substantive discussions.

Currently all commercial cannabis cultivation is illegal in Santa Cruz County.  Some protection from prosecution exists for growers who abide by a list of restrictions.  In Sacramento new legislation has been signed that will provide growers as well as other commercial cannabis operations with state issued licenses.  Local jurisdictions can still be the ultimate arbiters as they can ban or enforce more stringent regulations than the state has prescribed.

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New State Marijuana Law to be Topic of 5th C4 Meeting

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The Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) could begin focusing on policy recommendations at their next meeting on Tuesday which will begin at 9 am at the Simpkins Center off of 17th St.

Since Governor Brown has now signed into law the trio of bills creating the statewide Bureau of Medical Marijuana Regulation the committee will review the legislation with an eye toward identifying the necessary steps that will need to be taken to bring local ordinances into line.

Also on the agenda for the fifth meeting of the 13 citizen appointees will be another “study session” this time featuring Kristen Kittleson, Resource Planner with the Fish and Wildlife Commission and Matt Johnson, County Environmental Coordinator.

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Cultivation Choices Committee Moves Into Their Second Quarter

County Cannabis Committee to Grapple over Governance

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The Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee will hold their fourth meeting Tuesday at the Simpkins Center beginning at 9:30am. Seven more meetings are on the calendar before their term ends December 23rd.

The agenda includes a presentation by County Planning Director Kathy Previsich on “Land Use Planning as part of a regulatory framework”. Before that, the committee is scheduled to discuss the ordinances and resolution which govern the 13 member committee.

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Cultivation Choices Committee Hears From Cannabis Community Members

Advocates Present “Cannabis 101”

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The Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee continued their fact finding at their third meeting Tuesday. This time though, it was committee members, specifically those representing various local cannabis advocacy groups, who led the discussion.

After Susan Pearlman from the CAO’s office called the meeting to order she distributed the agenda and summary notes from the first two meetings and asked the members for approval.

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Cannabis Committee Members Ponder Next Steps

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After a harmonious first meeting, the Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choices Committee (C4) reconvened on Tuesday, September 22 at the Simpkins Center with a few hiccups mainly around how best to proceed through “fact finding” exercises as they strive to draft recommendations for a new County ordinance.

County CAO Analyst Susan Pearlman opened the meeting by distributing more printed reading material to add to the over 500 pages already given to each member. She referenced the the first of these – an article published in 2014 in Mother Jones titled The Landscape-Scarring, Energy-Sucking, Wildlife-Killing Reality of Pot Farming – before telling the public that they were welcome to submit documents or ideas, to her for distribution to the committee.

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High Hopes – Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choice Committee Holds First Meeting

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It was mostly peace and love with a couple of nods to rock and roll Tuesday in Live Oak at the first ever meeting of the C4 – aka the The Santa Cruz County Cannabis Cultivation Choice Committee.

The Commissioners only official action of the day came when they quickly agreed to meet each Tuesday morning beginning Sept 22 until at least November probably at the Simpkins Center at 9:30 am.

In a narrow meeting room at the Live Oak Senior Center, at a long “L” shaped table, 13 Commissioners appointed by the Board of Supervisors; a county clerk and two hired consultants were seated. In front of each was a large binder full of hundreds of pages of documents. A half dozen county management staff including the CAO and a deputy county counsel were in attendance and Another dozen or more members of the public were seated or stood at one end of the room.

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