Letter Writing Campaign

Dear Alliance Member,

Many of you have expressed interest in moving forward with transitioning into a regulated market. As you know, without local authorization, that will be close to impossible. So the passing of an ordinance in Nevada County that allows us to operate in compliance during the upcoming planting season our most important task at The Alliance.

With that in mind, The Alliance is launching a letter writing campaign to all Board of Supervisors. Here is a template that will help you organize your thoughts and comments:

General Points of consideration

  • Get to the point by being succinct with your email. Respect for time goes along way.
  • Be respectful. Our elected officials are humans too and want
  • Provide solutions. Please consider bringing up some of the points listed in the Talking points section of this email.

Contact information for each Board of Supervisor can be found here.

How to write a letter to your BOS


  1. Introduce yourself and include the acreage and zoning that live on or expect to operate on.
  2. Mention how long you have lived in the county, if it feels appropriate.
  3. Mention any notable affiliations or community engagement, if any. Ex: The Nevada County Cannabis Alliance, SYRCL, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

Your role in the cannabis industry

  1. Please explain what license type are you seeking.
  2. Expected number of employees.
  3. Any connection your business will have with ancillary businesses in the area. Example: Equipment rental, engineers, graphic designers, etc.

Talking Points to consider (use whichever fits your situation plus any that may not be listed – remember provide solutions! Use specific examples when possible)

  1. Setbacks
    1. Number can be arbitrary when you consider the nuances with property shapes and terrain.
    2. If the concern is smell, setbacks should be from place of impact (garden) to neighboring outdoor residence.
    3. What is the max setback that would disqualify you? 75 fee? 100 feet? 125 feet?
    4. Recommend variances (neighbor approval) if you are unable to meet the setback due to terrain or property shape.
  2. Transition program
    1. Ability to apply for a local permit while workings towards compliance with code violations that do not public health issues (building a permanent residence, etc).
  3. Immediate access to local authorization and state temporary licenses.
    1. Ability to receive local authorization allowing for access to state licenses while the Nevada County Permanent Permit process is finalized.
  4. No caps on the amount of licenses
    1. We want to encourage as many farmers as possible into the regulated space and not limit access.
  5. Adult use / Medical Cannabis
    1. We need to provide as many outlets as possible for farmers to access the statewide marketplace. The regulations and requirements are the same for the adult use and medical market. The county should allow both.
  6. All other license types represented
    1. Advocate for the entire supply chain to be represented so we can have a fully legally recognized industry (manufacturing, processing, testing, distribution, retail, etc).
  7. Allow for non remunerative patient caregiver growing
  8. If you are not currently seeking a license, please explain the economic benefits that a regulated cannabis industry would provide to a rural county economy like ours. Our mom and pop shops and local businesses would be negatively affected if hundreds of cannabis farmers found themselves out of a job.


Supervisor (Supervisor’s Name),

My Name is Lynne Smith and I am one of your District 1 constituent. I live on 7 acres of Ag zoned land. I have been an active member of the community for the past 20 years; my children attend local public schools, and I volunteer at several local organizations. Other than my cannabis growing activities, I am very much like any other member of our community.

By state regulations standards I am a small cultivator seeking a Type 2 license (or up to 10,000 sq feet). I have perfected my growing techniques over the past ten years to produce a highly desired strain in the marketplace. My cannabis is grown organically with sustainable and regenerative practices. With a 10,000-square-foot grow I plan to employ one full-time master gardener as well as two support positions. By becoming a locally permitted grower I can receive a state license. However, the market is getting saturated quickly and I am hoping to receive a state temporary license once local authorization is granted. I fear that after the ordinance passes there will be several months that pass until i am granted a local permit. Unfortunately waiting until the summer (or even worse later) for a local permit will put me in limbo from operating my business legally. I urge you to please allow for local authorization immediately with the passing of an ordinance. The income from my cultivation activities is used to pay my mortgage, car payment, utility bills and to support two teenage sons.

Thank you for your consideration