- Posted by Laura Croft, Esq
- On September 1, 2016
- Commercial, licensing, MCRSA, regulations, Sonoma County
Since the passage of California’s Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (“MCRSA“), AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643, Sonoma County is one of many counties in the State of California implementing medical cannabis regulations in contemplation of the new California state law.
Presently, no commercial cultivation is permitted in Sonoma. However, as directed by the Sonoma Board of Supervisors on February 2, 2016, the PRMD (Permit and Resource Management Department) will be working to establish licensing or permitting schemes for land uses, including cultivation, labs and testing, distribution, transportation, deliveries, manufacturing and dispensaries.
Sonoma County will not roll out its Marijuana Land Use Ordinance until the end of 2016; however, PRMD adopted a plan of action, Marijuana Land Use Regulations Work Plan (April 2016), to revise existing land use regulations to address marijuana growing operations in response to state law.
The objective of the Work Plan is to adopt clear regulations for the growing, manufacturing, and distribution of medical marijuana. The plan also calls for community engagement and public outreach to both gather and disseminate information as the process unfolds.
Sonoma County is looking to gain insight into all potential interests and concerns, including public workshops, meetings with identified stakeholder groups and coordination meetings with staff from the nine cities and interagency group. A committee task force will engage in research; inventory of adequate locations for facilities needed for manufacturing, storing, testing, and distributing marijuana related products; the alignment of regulations; addressing environmental concerns and drafting of the ordinance. At least two public hearings will take place before the final ordinance is adopted.
The final hearing is set to take place on November 15, 2016 and final action is set for December 6, 2016. Check out the Marijuana Work Plan Timeline for an overview of slated action. Stay tuned to CannaBusinessLaw as Sonoma County marches forward with laws and licensing programs for marijuana operations, from growing to distribution.