Here is what you need to know about the next CAG Meeting Oct 24
The cannabis conversation in Nevada County has taken a more refreshing tone in the past month. The Board of Supervisors met Sept 5th to give the Community Advisory Group direction on what priorities to consider as the group draws close to meeting one last time. Although the BOS was open to allowing the CAG to continue its work beyond the originally scheduled Oct 10th meeting (the meeting was rescheduled for Oct 26th due to the McCourtney and Lobo fires), county staff has not yet announced additional meetings.
As slow as the CAG process has been, we believe it has opened some doors and shifted the conversation. However, much works still remains to be done:
- An ample transition period is needed if we want to see heritage, craft cannabis farmers survive the move from the black market to a regulated system.
- We need to create a fully integrated cannabis industry that allows for all license types. This issue is still not a big part of the conversation.
- Setbacks need to be established from the neighboring outdoor living areas to the licensed cannabis garden.
- Canopy sizes need to be in alignment with state regulations to allow farmers to remain competitive in the statewide marketplace.
- For local cannabis business to be economically viable we need at least up to 10,000 square feet of canopy.
Highlights from the Sept 5 BOS meeting:
- CAG member Tom Cross advocated for the formation of a blue ribbon commission that would provide more specific recommendations. He said the smaller group could be composed of industry experts and community members to continue the work of the CAG once that panel completes its work.
- Supervisor Ed Schofield commended the work of the CAG, endorsed changes to the priority list that the CAG was to considered and said the group and the county was on the right track to create an ordinance that would regulate cannabis cultivation.
- The Board of Supervisors recognized the importance of all the other cannabis business types by directing the CAG to prioritize considering those business license types.
Highlights from Sept 12th CAG meeting:
- There was strong consensus on how to move forward with keeping commercial grows out of residential areas and considering canopy sizes that .
- CAG members agreed to decrease the setbacks from sensitive use areas — schools, daycare centers, etc — from 1000 feet to 600 feet to be in alignment with state regulations.
- There was consensus on only including active school bus stops as a sensitive use.
- CAG member Tom Cross encouraged county staff and fellow CAG members to view their work as an opportunity to allow a cottage industry to emerge. He spoke of the cannabis industry as an economic industry that the county should pursue by establishing a supply chain that allows for all license types and does not leave cultivation in a vacuum.
It’s possibly the last Community Advisory Group. Here is what we need from you:
- We need to show up in mass
- We need to explicitly ask for the following:
- Three-year Transition Period.
- Accessibility and Affordability.
- Canopy size: at least up to 10,000 square feet.
- Setbacks: They need to be measured from neighboring outdoor living area
- Code Enforcement: Needs to be done by Community Development Agency and not Law Enforcement.
- All License Types: Cultivation, Distribution, Manufacturing, Processing, Packaging, Micro-business.
- Tax Structure and Fee Structure that encourages participation from cottage growers.
- Ask for the formation of a Blue Ribbon Committee to continue the work of the CAG.