Published: December 4, 2017
The County of
Sonoma has issued the first Cannabis Cultivation Permit on Monday, December 4.
Shannon and Cameron Hattan, co-founders of Fiddlers Greens, were issued a
Zoning Permit from the Department of Ag Weights and Measures which allows up to
10,000 square feet of outdoor medical cannabis cultivation on their property
outside of Sebastopol.
“As long time
residents of Sonoma County, it is an honor to receive the first commercial
cultivation permit,” said Shannon. “We are excited to be part of a community
that is working with and supporting the local small farmers as we transition
into a regulated market.”
Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Shirlee Zane explained “The County’s goals in
permitting cannabis are to 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. This issuing of the first
cultivation permit is an important step in bringing the industry into the
2016, the Board of Supervisors adopted a series of ordinances to establish a
comprehensive local permit program to regulate medical cannabis cultivators,
nurseries, manufacturers, transporters, distributors, testing laboratories, and
dispensaries. The county began accepting applications on July 5, 2017 and is
currently processing 127 applications between the Department of Ag Weights and Measures
and Permit Sonoma.
Commissioner Tony Linegar noted that “The Department is excited to be issuing
our first cultivation permit. The issuance of this first permit represents the
culmination of nearly two years of work on developing policy and the permitting
process. The applicants we are working with are eager to come into the legal
market and have demonstrated patience and a willingness to comply with a
complex set of requirements. We hope this offers hope and encouragement to
those cultivators that have not yet applied for a permit.”
information, please contact Sonoma County Cannabis Program Manager Tim Ricard,
by phone at (707) 565-7257 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.