It's too much cannabis

in our neighborhoods

the cannabis industry wants to open UP 65,000 acres to new growth in Sonoma County — that’s more acres than we have in vineyards. The proposal before the Board of Supervisors will forever alter our neighborhoods, environment and quality of life.

We represent a coalition of neighborhood Advocates organizing to stop this And protect sonoma county.
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HERE ARE THE FACTS


We support cannabis grown in the right places at the right scale, but we’re facing a radical change in how land is used in Sonoma County, which will impact all of us.

The new “Commercial Cannabis Cultivation” ordinance, with major points written by cannabis lobbyists, is scheduled for review by County Supervisors on April 13, 2021, the following changes will happen unless we act:

65,000+ acres of cannabis Grow

The biggest change would be the new 65,000+ acres that open up to cannabis grows — that’s more acreage than Sonoma County has growing grapes right now

in existing neighborhoods

New permitting rules for cultivating cannabis will allow it to be grown next to existing neighborhoods, without public hearings — and once the permit process changes to a “ministerial” method, the only recourse left to neighbors is to sue

With massive water impacts

Water impacts are going to be massive — cannabis grows use over 6 times the amount of water as grapes, according to a study by Napa County, which is why Napa Supervisors voted against cannabis grows there in March 2021

home and work Life disrupted

With COVID, any home can be a school or workplace, but this ordinance does not take this into account — nor does it account for how home buyers and small business owners will be priced out when they cannot compete against well-funded cannabis companies looking to buy land there

inadequate setbacks

Setbacks, the space between where a grow can occur and the neighboring property, will be set at 100 feet from the grow to the neighboring property line and 300 feet to the neighbor’s home — reducing the property owner’s ability to use their land fully, with industrial impacts from noise, traffic, odor and lighting

Odor limits are unenforceable

Odor limiting equipment is required for indoor grows in permanent structures, but outdoor grows and hoop houses require only an ”odor control plan” which is written and enforced by the applicant — so if you’re bicycling, eating, wine tasting or living near a grow, you will likely smell the skunk-like odor of weed

The cannabis industry has convinced many voters and politicians that the current regulations adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 2018 were too restrictive. Unfortunately, Sonoma County’s proposed new ordinance is an over-reaction, loosening regulations too much, with no neighborhood input.

Industrialized cannabis combined with weak county enforcement threaten our neighborhoods, environment and quality of life. It’s up to us to change that.



Who is affected

With over 65,000 acres available for new cannabis permits, nearly 100,000 residents will live within a mile of a permissible grow site.

Use the map below to zoom in and see if you live near one of these new potential grow sites.
(Source: County of Sonoma ARCGIS data)





Want to do more?

Regardless of where you live, we need your help. Our organization is comprised of neighborhood advocates, community groups and ordinary  residents from all across Sonoma County. We are uniting behind a common goal — protecting our neighborhoods and all of Sonoma County against cannabis operations seeking to expand at our expense. If you agree, please join our email list below and join us at these important meetings:

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April 15 - Planning Commission reviews the Ordinance at 6:00 PM
May 18 -
Board of Supervisors reviews the "Commercial Cannabis” Ordinance, time to be confirmed


Prior to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meetings, the County of Sonoma held four virtual Cannabis Ordinance Listening Sessions on March 8 and March 12, 2021. Questions and comments were taken from the public to be transcripted and shared with the County Planning Commission. To read the March 8 transcript, and for March 12 click here. To read the County’s response to some of these questions, they are updating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page here.

We invite you to submit your written comments to the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. You can find more information on how to submit comments and how to tune into these discussions by using the links above. And to read the proposed Cannabis Cultivation ordinance, please click here.


Check this website regularly for information on upcoming meetings!


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