EMAIL YOUR SUPERVISOR CAMPAIGN
Why is the September 5th meeting important? Check out The Union’s take on it.
But here is our take on it:
Back in the fall, the Alliance team met with each Supervisor to advocate for changes to the placeholder ordinance, while the county finished hiring a mediator for the stakeholder process for the permanent ordinance. However, to quote Supervisor Weston “there isn’t an appetite [at the board level] for changes to the placeholder ordinance.”
The Board of Supervisors decided to move forward with the stakeholder process and hired MIG, Inc., a mediator and consensus building company, for $115,000.
Since then, we have taken some of the Supervisors on tours of regulated cultivation sites, dispensaries and manufacturing facilities. We have also spent an extraordinary amount of time educating each CAG member — the group in charge of developing ordinance recommendations — by providing them with state regulations, other county ordinances, and cannabis-related election results.
To our delight, even those who we believed to be opposed to any kind of change to the very restrictive ordinance in place, have shown a desire to learn. They have expressed interest in educating themselves prior to making ordinance recommendations. Many of them understand the power regulations will have in addressing many of the concerns that had previously colored their perspective about cannabis. We are hopeful that in the end, the process will have served to open the minds of the opposition to the true cultural and economic impact of the cannabis industry in our county.
Some of the panel, however, has expressed frustration that after 6 meetings, they have had little chance to discuss how to move forward and they hope that the time an efforts they have invested truly yields an ordinance that can address the issues created by an unregulated industry.
Which is why the meeting on September 5th is so important. We have the opportunity to once again remind the Board of Supervisors of the following:
- Trust in the CAG process: Two changes have already been made that the community has perceived as out of line with the MIG recommended process:
- After MIG recommended applicants for the 14-member panel, Supervisors Miller and Scofield requested that Don Bessee and Rich Johansen be added to the panel. This change increased the CAG to 16 members.
- When CAG member Matthew Shapiro resigned from the panel, MIG recommended that Matthew Wentz, a local member of the viticulture industry, be appointed to the CAG based on his regulatory experience. However, Jim Drew, a high school agricultural science teacher, was appointed after Supervisor Miller made a recommendation to the board.
What you would like to see in an ordinance? Here’s a few of the things our members have expressed:
- Create a pathway towards compliance that is accessible for the majority of growers.
- The need for a Transition Period for farmers to get their land and buildings up-to-code.
Express your vision: what type of state license you are seeking, cultivation styles, third-party certifications, etc.
Here are further details you could discuss with them:
- Compliance: Tell your Supervisor about your desire to comply with county and state rules.
- Setbacks: If you are anything like 90 percent Nevada County, it’s likely that the setbacks in the placeholder ordinance has rendered your property unusable for cultivation. The setbacks in the existing ordinance are measured from the indoor or outdoor cultivation area to the property line of any adjacent legal parcel. Express how these restrictions are NOT in line with the Board of Supervisors’ intent to lift the ban on outdoor cultivation, nor do they pave the way for even the most limited commercial cultivation in the county. In prior ordinances, the county saw fit to address this concern by requiring cultivation areas to be setback from a neighbor’s residential structure or outdoor living area. This arrangement protected neighbors while also providing more options for the cultivator.
- Square Footage: What type of license and square footage allotment are you seeking? It is time to speak up. Here’s a link to license types.
- Economic and Cultural Impact: It is important to begin creating a picture of the cannabis industry that is separate from what the Board of Supervisors is used to seeing. We are not the mugshot in the paper or the egregious environmental violations we would all like to see go away. Tell them about your history in the county, the nonprofits do you support, and other businesses you may own or operate. Where do you spend your money, and what contributions have you made as a member of this community?
Please address all letters to your district’s supervisor, include the name and district of your Supervisor:
950 Maidu Avenue Suite 200, Nevada City, Ca 95959
Send faxes clearly addressed to your district’s supervisor: Fax: 530.265.9836
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Other Questions to Ask Your Supervisor:
I am interested in running a legitimate farm in full compliance, registering with the waterboard, and getting my property up to code, why isn’t the county interested in me moving in this direction?