It has been nearly a month since what we thought was the last CAG meeting ended, albeit in a positive note. The conversation towards cannabis in Nevada County has shifted to a more positive tone and we are grateful for the progress, however small.
Since then, many farmers and medical cannabis businesses in Nevada County have asked themselves what’s next, especially after the state of California released regulations for all cannabis activity. See regulations here.
At the last CAG meeting, MIG presented a summary including several areas where a high level of agreement was developed. The consultant also provided a summary of the CAG’s input regarding land use parameters where cultivation and other cannabis businesses could be allowed. According to MIG, this review was the first step of developing the content for the report that MIG is require to provide to the Board of Supervisors.
In an effort to polish all of those recommendations, an additional CAG meeting is scheduled for December 19th, pending Board of Supervisor approval at its December 12th meeting. It is important to participate and let the Board of Supervisors know that this additional meeting is needed to bring completion to more than six months worth of work.
It has already been more than a year since the Board of Supervisors decided to hire MIG to begin the community engagement process, the goal for completion was March 2018. Nevada County staff, however, is not confident they can meet the deadline.
MIG and County staff, however, are working toward the following near-term milestones:
- December 12 BOS meeting: approve an amendment to MIG’s contRact for A tenth CAG meeting.
- December 19: Additional CAG meeting (pending BOS approval of contract amendment)
- January 9: MIG presentation to the BOS and submission of CAG Recommendations Report.
Not having an ordinance by March presents many challenges for many farmers eager to enter the licensed and regulated market. For one, many farmers feel like they are being left behind. While big capital investment money pours into the newly created California cannabis industry, small farmers in Nevada County must wait for a local permitting system that allows them to begin state licensure. This lag time creates additional barriers of entry to the legal market.
The following needs to be communicated to our elected officials BEFORE THE January 9 Board Of Supervisors MEETING:
- Those who want to move forward legally should be encouraged and assisted by the county as soon as we get closer to getting a cultivation ordinance in place.
- Farmers willing and eager to walk the path towards compliance must be given a transition period to come into compliance with all building codes.
- In June of 2018, it will be two years since the people of Nevada County spoke against a commercial ban on cannabis and defeated Measure W. Many cannot longer afford to wait to set up their businesses. Please talk to your Supervisor about the sense of urgency needed to pass an ordinance and begin the path to compliance.
- Make the new local permitting process as transparent and practical as possible for both county staff and farmers who want to establish their legal businesses.
- All cannabis business license types need to be represented in the ordinance in order to have a healthy, fully integrated industry in the area that keeps locals employed here in our county.
- We must fight outsiders coming in. The new ordinance must have a residency requirement that keeps Nevada County properties away from the hands of outside land grabbers and speculators.
- For more specific talking points contact the Alliance at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Together and through collaborative policy we can help build the kind of industry in our area that we can be proud of — one that helps solve issues of public safety and environmental degradation. We need your participation!