On June 2 the Board of Supervisors will review the Planning Commission recommendations related to the proposed Commercial Cannabis Activities Ordinance.
There has been a great deal of public conversation around this proposed ordinance, and voices on the extreme ends of the issue have so far generated the most attention. MCA as an organization strives to support our members by developing practical solutions to the complex issues that face us all. We understand the importance of engaging with all relevant stakeholders and creating policy recommendations that both reflect our values and get us as close as practically possible to our goals, understanding the complex environment of competing interests throughout the county.
It is with these considerations in mind that we have developed a position designed to encourage compromise among all of those who are engaged in this county-wide conversation. We understand that to some this position will go too far, and to some this position will not go far enough. The nature of compromise, both as a trade association representing the full spectrum of cannabis businesses in Mendocino county, and in public policy, often means that no one gets exactly what they want, but hopefully everyone gets something they can live with. In hopes of helping to bring together our fractured community, we believe our recommendations create a compromise that gives all stakeholders enough of what is important to them to come together and move our community forward.
Additionally, there are two letters that have been submitted to the BoS that warrant your review. The first is a letter from local Attorney Hannah Nelson (who we are also proud to count as our Senior Policy Advisor), outlining the reasons why the CCAO discretionary use permit process is essential to protect as many existing Phase 1 and 2 operators as possible. The second is letter from MCA’s land use attorney Peter Kiel supporting Hannah’s memo. As many of you may have heard, there is talk about a referendum to nullify the entire ordinance should it pass. If you’ve read our memo, you know we believe this referendum is a danger to existing operators, and these letters reinforce that consideration.
CLICK HERE to view our memos and the letters from Hannah Nelson and Peter Kiel.
CLICK HERE to review the materials for the meeting, including the Planning Commissions recommendations.
We urge you to write to the Board of Supervisors at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know you support the MCA compromise position for limited expansion, plus an EIR for additional expansion, in an effort to bridge the gaps in our community and allow us all to move forward.
CLICK HERE if you would like to sign up to make a comment during the BoS meeting tomorrow.
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