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February 21, 2017
Cannabis Business Tax Community Workshop

County of Sonoma & City of Santa Rosa

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

The workshop will provide an overview of the County’s Cannabis Business Tax measure that will be voted on by Sonoma County residents in the March 7, 2017, special election, as well as an update from the City on the development of its proposed tax ordinance. The County and City will be available to answer questions and are also taking feedback on how to set the starting rates, which operators to tax, how the tax is spent and more.

Talk to us about the tax! Take our survey to provide feedback on setting rates, which operators are subject to the tax, how the tax is spent and more: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cannabistax.

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Sonoma County is dedicated to establishing cannabis policies that preserve our environmental resources, protect the health and safety of our communities, and ensure the industry contributes positively to the economic vitality of our County.

The state regulatory landscape is changing and it is time for Sonoma County to begin shaping the future of the local cannabis industry in a way that recognizes the unique character of our County and our communities. The County requests the participation of all stakeholders to assist in and influence this process.

On February 2, 2016 the Board passed a Resolution of Intention directing staff to engage in a comprehensive regulatory process to develop new zoning regulations to permit cannabis cultivation, storage, distribution, deliveries, and manufacturing and to investigate other cannabis-related laws and policies. At this same meeting, the Board was also presented with a draft urgency ordinance to maintain local control in light of a March 1, 2016, deadline to regulate cultivation that was accidentally included in AB 243 (Wood). The Board continued the discussion of the ordinance until the next meeting, and on February 3, 2016, the Governor signed AB 21 removing the March 1 deadline and thus the need for the urgency ordinance.

Board Summary Report
Resolution of Intention

Contact Information

575 Administration Drive
Suite 104A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464665, -122.725235

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March 7, 2017 Election:
Cannabis Business Tax – Measure A

March 7, 2017 Election: Cannabis Business Tax – Measure A

Sonoma County residents will have the opportunity to vote on the Cannabis Business Tax (Measure A) in the March 7, 2017 special election. A simple majority of “yes” votes would authorize the County to impose taxes on cannabis businesses operating in the unincorporated county to fund essential county services such as public safety, health, roads, housing, and environmental protection. More information is available in the Cannabis Business Tax Fact Sheet

Note that cannabis permits (except for dispensaries) are not currently available, and will only become available if a cannabis tax passes or another funding source is identified. Cannabis dispensaries are currently being permitted. 

Land Use Ordinance Information

Amy Lyle Planner III, Comprehensive Planning

Permit and Resource Management Department

(707) 565-7389



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