Santa Rosa Planning Commission Takes Up Regulation of Recreational Marijuana Industry

Santa Rosa’s planning commission is set to debate whether to ask city staff to add provisions for non-medical businesses.

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November 9, 2017
The Press Democrat
Legislation and regulation News State by State: California

Recreational cannabis sales in California can begin January 1, but it’s unclear whether adults thereafter will be able to legally buy marijuana for non-medical uses in Sonoma County’s largest city.

Santa Rosa’s rules for cannabis businesses have been some of the most inviting to indoor cultivators, manufacturers and other types of businesses in the county, but they don’t yet include any provisions for companies involved in for the non-medical marketplace.

That could change.

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Thursday, Santa Rosa’s planning commission is set to debate whether to ask city staff to add provisions for those businesses.

“That’s on the table for discussion,” said Clare Hartman, the city’s deputy director of planning.

In Sonoma County, only Cloverdale and Sebastopol officials have so far taken steps to allow recreational cannabis operations. The Cloverdale City Council voted in September to allow manufacturers, cultivators and other non-storefront businesses in the city’s small industrial zones and to allow two dispensaries.

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