Santa Rosa, CA – September 14, 2017 – The Sonoma
County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on September 12, 2017, to modify and extend the Temporary Code Enforcement Penalty
Relief Program for Cannabis businesses. This extension allows existing
cannabis businesses to remain operational and avoid land use fines while
providing additional time to meet the standards required to successfully obtain
a local commercial cannabis cultivation permit.
extension of the Penalty Relief Program was approved by the Board in order to
enhance compliance with the County’s Cannabis Program, and draw a bright line
between those that want to join the regulated market, and those that do not,”
explained Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane. “Cannabis
businesses that do not submit a penalty relief application form by October 31, 2017 will face code enforcement and stiff penalties."
for submitting an application and qualifying for the Penalty Relief Program has
been extended from August 31, 2017 to June 1, 2018. However, in order to obtain
penalty relief, eligible cannabis businesses are required to submit the
one-page penalty relief application form by October 31, 2017. The extension of
the Penalty Relief Program does not include an extension for operators on
non-permit eligible parcels such as Agriculture and Residential District (AR)
and Rural Residential District (RR) zoned properties. Cannabis businesses on
these properties must cease all operations by January 1, 2018.
Susan Gorin and Lynda Hopkins, who serve on the Board’s Cannabis Ad Hoc
Committee, recommended the extension to the full Board of Supervisors.
Penalty Relief Program provides the cannabis industry with a substantial
incentive to come into the regulated market,” commented Supervisor Gorin. “We
received significant feedback from the Cannabis Advisory Group as well as
individuals that this extension is critical to the success of the Sonoma County
there are a significant number of cannabis farmers who want to be compliant,
but haven’t been able to meet our strict permit requirements under existing
timelines,” added Supervisor Hopkins. “This extension will provide those who
were unable to submit a permit by the original deadline another opportunity to
join the regulated market, increasing the number of lawful operations in the
on the Cannabis Program may be found by visiting the project website: www.sonomacounty.ca.gov/cannabis.
For more information, please contact Sonoma County Cannabis Program Manager Tim
Ricard, by phone at (707) 565-7257 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.