- Posted by Laura Croft, Esq
- On October 13, 2016
- breaking, cannabis law, MCRSA, Medical Marijuana, Mendocino County, regulations, urgency ordinance
Cannabis is an integral part of Mendocino culture. Mendocino County is a true cannabis grower’s community, with generations of farmers and a deep history of cannabis activity. Mendocino and cannabis is likened to Napa Valley and wine, featuring eleven unique micro-regions; a distinct draw to young, serious entrepreneurs; a growing sense of pride and unparalleled expertise.
In response to the passage of new statewide regulations, the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), a compilation of recently enacted AB 243, AB 266, and SB 643, making commercial medical marijuana legal across the state with proper licensing, Mendocino passed the Mendocino Urgency Ordinance Amending 9.31, on May 17, 2016.
Mendocino County is presently drafting a final ordinance to govern the commercial activities of cannabis for medical use. The drafting process, which initially began last year, will require zoning changes and must go through a planning department review, public comment period, and environmental analysis prior to final approval, and is anticipated to be completed between November and May 2017.
Multiple “meetups” and grass-root gatherings are taking place to address community concerns and gather input for the final ordinance. The Marijuana Ad Hoc Committee impresses that anyone growing 25 plants under the current county guidelines will be able to continue with such activity, by filling out a Mendocino Medical Cannabis Registration Form. However, there will be additional regulatory requirements for people and entities seeking larger areas in cultivation or other types of cannabis business licenses.
Additional resounding concerns echoed at the grass-root gatherings include fear over heightened costs for both patients and artisanal, organic and family farmers; too much grey area with following new environmental regulations established by state and local agencies; and a fear that Mendocino residents will get left out of the rapidly developing commercial market, unless a new county policy is quickly adopted.
There is definite push for quicker action to reach a final ordinance to increase and expedite the positive impacts of regulating cannabis cultivation. With the pressure to protect Mendocino’s local businesses and farms from encroachment by outside corporate interests, preserve the culture of cannabis cultivation in the region and stimulate revenue and jobs to the county, a final ordinance is likely to come by the end of the year. Contact CannaBusiness Law with questions as to how the Urgency Ordinance impacts your cannabis related activity.