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Sonoma County Cannabis Program

Visioning Sessions for Sonoma County's Cannabis Program

Sonoma County is restarting public engagement on the County’s cannabis ordinance with visioning sessions. The sessions will ask “What does a successful cannabis ordinance look like.” County staff will lead two identical discussions on each of the following topics:  

Each day, the first session will be from 11:30 am until 1:00 pm. The second session will be from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The content will be the same for both meetings.

Please join us in helping shape how Sonoma County approaches cannabis.

Cannabis Program Update

Published 06-11-2021

On May 18, 2021, the Board voted 5-0 to reject the Planning Commission’s recommendation to adopt the Commercial Cannabis Cultivation in Agricultural and Resource Areas Ordinance, also known as Chapter 38, which would have streamlined permitting for cannabis cultivation within Agricultural and Resource zoned parcels in Sonoma County. Read the Board Summary Report and Attachments here

The Board of Supervisors directed staff to complete a comprehensive update of the cannabis program, which includes review and potential update to the County Code, as well as conducting an Environmental Impact Report, as expeditiously as possible. 

The project launching phase focuses on collecting stakeholders' interests and concerns, which will assist in developing materials to conduct a Board Workshop on September 28, 2021, resulting in the identification of the Board's cannabis policy goals that will be the basis for the scope of the environmental impact report. 

Staff anticipates the following dates as key milestones:

  • June 8, 2021 Board approval of initial resources request
  • Week of August 8, 2021 Topic-based Public Workshops
  • September 28, 2021 Board Workshop on Project Goals
  • ~January 2022 Draft Ordinance Complete
  • ~June, 2022 EIR Professional Services Agreement Board Award
  • ~Fall 2023 Draft EIR to Planning Commission for public comment
  • ~Spring 2024 Planning Commission Hearing on Proposed Ordinance
  • ~Summer 2024 Board Hearing on Proposed Ordinance

Read the June 8, 2021 Board Summary Report here.

Information regarding the upcoming public workshops will be available on this website. Be sure to sign up for Cannabis Program updates. 

Can Cannabis Businesses continue to operate?

Yes, licensed cannabis businesses are allowed to remain open, including cultivators, processors, manufacturers, distributors, testing labs, dispensaries/retail facilities, and delivery companies providing medical or adult-use cannabis. All cannabis businesses must be closed to the public and employees must follow Social Distancing and Hygiene Requirements.

Dispensaries/retail facilities and delivery companies may only sell cannabis and cannabis products via curbside pickup or delivery. Dispensaries/retail facilities selling via curbside pickup should encourage customers to call in their orders ahead of time. Customers do not need a County Medical Marijuana ID Card or a physician’s recommendation to purchase cannabis or cannabis products.

For more information, visit socoemergency.org

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