The County conducted a series of town hall meetings and community workshops to gather input on cannabis regulations and to communicate the new regulations and permit process. Staff developed a “Dirt to Dispensary” workshop series to assist an industry new to regulation. To date, the County has held 18 of these workshops on topics ranging from taxation, permitting, water use, best management practices and energy and sustainability.
Attendance at many of these workshops has been over 300 people. Two of these workshops focused on security with representatives from the Sonoma County Sherriff’s Department providing information on best practices for business crime prevention and shared a variety of resources and to keep our community and businesses safe.
In addition to the workshop series, staff has developed a variety of tools to efficiently provide key information and respond to a very high volume of questions and assistance requests. These tools include this cannabis-specific website, email and telephone hotline; handouts; and informational presentations.
Through the email and hotline, the Sonoma County community can reach out directly to trained staff members and have any questions or concerns addressed directly. The response to the cannabis hotline has been tremendous and staff continues to respond to 50-100 calls and emails each week.
To address neighborhood concerns and inform the community about the Cannabis Ordinance, staff has presented information at approximately 15 very well-attended neighborhood and community group meetings.
On April 10, 2018, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors directed staff to update the existing Cannabis Ordinance. This update, which will include a thorough review of neighborhood compatibility and overconcentration issues, will have a robust community outreach component.
To be notified of upcoming community outreach activities, please sign up for Sonoma County Cannabis Email Updates.