Policy

Final Documents for 10-04 BoS Meeting

NEW MEETUP TIME 1:30PM @ 501 Low Gap Road, Ukiah, CA 95482

We have just been made aware that the BoS will be hearing the cannabis items on the agenda after their lunch/Closed Session is complete on October 4. Lunch usually ends for them at 1:30, though they have indicated they may come back from Closed Session tomorrow after 2:30PM and expect nearly 4 hours of conversation on the cannabis items.

To make sure we do not miss the cannabis items in case the Board comes back early from Closed Session, we are requesting folks meet on October 4 at 501 Low Gap Road at 1:30PM.

In addition to the memos from Hannah Nelsonon on Appeals in Agenda Item 4h and the proposed Equity Program limitations in Agenda Item 4f, and the MCA memo in support of the Ad Hoc recommendations for Agenda Item 4g, we have one additional request.  

Sometimes the Board will choose to combine what they feel are similar items into one Agenda Item at the meeting, which would then limit commenters to only 3 minutes of comment on multiple items instead of on each item.  The complexity of these individual items requires focused discussion and the opportunity to consider detailed input on each one.  In your outreach to the supervisors, or in PUBLIC EXPRESSION on Granicus, please make sure to comment that it’s important to keep the cannabis items separated to maximize the opportunity to more thoroughly discuss each item.

PLEASE make comment on all of these items.  I’m seeing a handful of comments submitted digitally on Granicus, which is the County’s system for public commenting, but to make a real impression we’d like to see a lot more come through before 7AM tomorrow! 

CLICK HERE to see ALL memos and documents MCA and Hannah Nelson have submitted for 10-4.

CLICK HERE for info on how to comment to the BoS.

At 1:30 tomorrow at 501 Low Gap Road we will have signs to hand out to folks, and shirts that say ‘Protect Our Cannabis Heritage #WeAreStrongerTogether’ with the MCA logo on the back that we can all wear into the chambers to show solidarity.  The shirts will be available on site for $20 to cover the cost of their production. 

Please contact info@mendocannabis.com with any questions.

MCA Urges Adoption of Cannabis Ad Hoc Recommendations for 10-4

On Tuesday October 4 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will be discussing cannabis with the final report and recommendations for immediate action from the disbanding Cannabis Ad Hoc of Supervisors Haschak and McGourty.  After 10-4 all cannabis items will first be reviewed by the General Government Committee which will take a good deal of time to get up to speed on the scale of the current crisis.

CLICK HERE to read the recommendations.

MCA strongly supports these urgent suggestions from the Ad Hoc and we call on you and the broader Mendocino community to support them as well. We invite you, and all Mendocino residents who understand the value of our locally licensed cannabis industry, to call on the BoS to approve the Ad Hoc’s recommendations and to provide any necessary direction to Staff for them to be implemented.   We can not wait for these items to be further delayed by shifting them into a new committee.

MCA is planning an in person appearance in front of Board chambers at 501 Low Gap Road in Ukiah on 10-4 at 1:30pm prior to entering for the meeting. We will then enter the meeting and provide public comment on this item. 

We would like to further encourage you to share your support of these recommendations to your district Supervisor or the full Board in advance of the 10-4 meeting.  While the Board is used to hearing from a small number of MCA representatives on cannabis items, we feel this meeting is incredibly important, and the more voices we have in support, the more likely that the Board will feel inclined to adopt the recommendations which will ultimately benefit the entire County.

CLICK HERE for Talking Points to use when speaking or emailing your supervisors.

CLICK HERE for info on how to contact the Supervisors.

MCA Hosts 09-29 Community Meeting re 10-04 BoS Meeting

On Tuesday October 4 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will be discussing cannabis with the final report and recommendations for immediate action from the disbanding Cannabis Ad Hoc of Supervisors Haschak and McGourty.  After 10-4 all cannabis items will first be reviewed by the General Government Committee which will take a good deal of time to get up to speed on the scale of the current crisis.

CLICK HERE to read the recommendations.

MCA strongly supports these urgent suggestions from the Ad Hoc and we call on you and the broader Mendocino community to support them as well. We invite you, and all Mendocino residents who understand the value of our locally licensed cannabis industry, to call on the BoS to approve the Ad Hoc’s recommendations and to provide any necessary direction to Staff for them to be implemented.   We can not wait for these items to be further delayed by shifting them into a new committee.

MCA is planning an in person appearance in front of Board chambers on 10-4 at 8:30 prior to entering for the meeting. We will then enter the meeting and provide public comment on this item. 

We will be discussing our in person strategy on THURSDAY at 7PM at a Community meeting that is open to all local cannabis supporters. 

CLICK HERE to register for the Community Meeting

We would like to further encourage you to share your support of these recommendations to your district Supervisor or the full Board in advance of the 10-4 meeting.  While the Board is used to hearing from a small number of MCA representatives on cannabis items, we feel this meeting is incredibly important, and the more voices we have in support, the more likely that the Board will feel inclined to adopt the recommendations which will ultimately benefit the entire County.

Supervisor Emails: 

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Make sure to include something along the lines of: Adopt the Ad Hoc Cannabis Recommendations on 10-04 in your Email Subject

CLICK HERE to find your county district

We look forward to speaking more about this on Thursday evening at 7PM.

CLICK HERE to register for the Community Meeting

MCA Memos for BoS Meeting 09-13-2022

MCA has shared memos for the following items to be discussed at the 09-13-2022 BoS Meeting.

  • Item 3b – Reproductive rights
    • In this memo we support the recommended action 
  • Item 4e – Equity Program Grand Jury Report
    • In this memo we identify concerns, and propose solutions, related to the proposed transition of cannabis items to the General Government Committee without the involvement of Supervisor Haschak, who has spent years digging into the minutiae of local and state cannabis policy

CLICK HERE to read the memos.

If you support our positions please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 

To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using for submissions.

YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the Sept 13 meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!

2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 09-13-2022 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 816 6978 3327

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Email Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

MCA Recommendations to Outgoing Cannabis Ad Hoc

As we have previously shared, Supervisor Glenn McGourty has resigned from the Cannabis Ad Hoc to focus on other projects such as local water sustainability. He and Supervisor Haschak, as the disbanding Ad Hoc, will be putting together a final report and specific recommendations to make to the full Board on October 4. Following this meeting, cannabis items will be heard first by the General Government Committee (GGC) which consists of Supervisors Mulheren and Gjerde. The GGC is only scheduled to meet two more times this year, which we believe is not nearly enough to address the many outstanding issues that require swift attention and resolution.

Last week MCA provided a list of these urgent items (including more regular GGC meetings) to Supervisors McGourty and Haschak that we believe should be acted on immediately by the Board through votes and direction given to Staff at the October 4th meeting, and a list of items that the Board could direct the GGC to begin addressing in their meetings, the next one which is scheduled for October 17. The memo is attached to this email.

Referenced in our memo and also attached are a Memo from Hannah Nelson regarding Tree & Shrub removal clarification, a Memo from Hannah Nelson and Scott Ward related to Portable Toilet allowances, and the Humboldt County policy on allowing cannabis processing by residents/permit holders within a permitted on-site single-family residence or residential accessory structure. Many thanks to Hannah and Scott for their invaluable support in this process.

These documents were developed to provide the Ad Hoc with input to make informed decisions on these important topics. We will be working to discuss further with both Supervisors in detail prior to October 4.
We will keep you updated as the conversation progresses. Please get ready to comment in support of our recommendations prior to the October 4th Board meeting.

CLICK HERE to review the documents.

Fallowing Equity and LJAGP Updates from MCD Meeting

At the MCD meeting this morning there was some important information presented.

1. Fallowing Program

The Fallowing Affidavit has been published on the County Website, and submissions will be allowed until AT LEAST September 26 but we STRONGLY recommend submitting your documentation ASAP.
CLICK HERE for document.  *from the County Website: ‘(must be downloaded to activate the electronic signature field)’

CLICK HERE for the Fallowing Ordinance that was passed on July 12 and set up the Fallowing Affidavit program.

To register with this program you must submit the Fallowing Affidavit and subsequent site plan to MCDPOD@mendocinocounty.org.

There is NO fee for filing, and NO fee to withdraw from the Fallowing program when you are ready.

If you have a 10K sq ft Garden, you must fallow to 5K sq ft or below to reduce your minimum tax.  If you have a 5K sq ft garden, you must fallow to 2,500 sq ft or below to reduce your minimum tax.  If you are at or below 2,500 sq ft you must fallow your full garden to reduce your minimum tax.

If you Fallow your entire garden you will not have a Minimum Tax requirement, but everyone who Fallows will still be responsible to pay taxes on Gross Receipts for product sold per the existing Tax and reporting system.

When submitting the Fallowing Affidavit, you should submit your most recent site plan, and clearly show ANY/ALL fallowed areas (update the legend on the site plan). 

If you are fallowing just certain areas of your site, make sure it’s VERY clear which areas will still be cultivated vs. which will be fallowed. – show if you will still be processing, also show if you will still be cultivating immature plants, or if you’re fallowing your immature plant area as well

Once completed materials are submitted to MCDPOD@mendocinocounty.org  MCD will process.

MCD recommends downloading the Affidavit form, and not filling it out in the browser. Fill it out on your computer.

ONLY SUBMIT ONE APPLICATION NUMBER PER FALLOWING NOTICEUse 2022 as Calendar Year for this season. – You will be able to apply to Fallow for 2023 in December 2022.

Read the full Fallowing Affidavit before signing to know what you’re agreeing to!

Deadline for fallowing submission will be no earlier than September 26.

MCD is working w/ County Counsel to determine exact deadline.

MCD will send a Cannanote about this as well.  If you’re not signed up for CannaNotes, which is MCD’s email list for announcements, you can CLICK HERE to sign up.

2. Equity Program


MCD will meet their funding spend down requirements by the end of August for Round 1 and end of September for Round 2.

They will be accepting new applications for both Equity Eligibility and Grant Funding at some point in September. Exact dates have yet to be shared.

3. Local Jurisdiction Assistance Grant Program (LJAGP)

MCD indicated that they plan to first bring their proposed Manual for the LJAGP Direct Grants to operators before the General Government Committee (GGC) which is made up of Supervisors Mulheren and Gjerde on October 17. We had previously been told applications would open in June/July, and then September, but with this timeline, it’s very likely that applications will not open until the end of this year at the earliest.

The GGC, after the Cannabis Ad Hoc of Supervisors McGourty and Haschak presents recommendations to the Board will be the mechanism by which cannabis items are discussed prior to coming to the full Board for consideration and voting.  Director Nevedal expressed that this new process is not intended to further complicate addressing these critical issues, but we want to make sure that the 10 Million Dollars in Direct Grant funding is expedited into the hands of the operators who require them immediately.

Currently the GGC is only scheduled to meet twice more this year, and MCA has recommended to MCD and the Ad Hoc that recommendations be made to GGC that they meet at least monthly to address the myriad issue that still require focused attention as we approach State deadlines.  

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

You can CLICK HERE to review all of the materials from all MCD meetings. If the video and slides from today’s meeting are not uploaded yet, check back soon!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

PS – Have you got your tickets yet for the Mendocino Cannabis Advocacy Awards honoring Hannah Nelson, Jude Thilman and Casey O’Neill?  If not, CLICK HERE to reserve your space for a true community celebration!

MCA Memo for 08-16 BoS Meeting Re: Equity Program

On 8-16 the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors has an item on the Consent Calendar to increase compensation to Elevate Impact Mendocino for administration of the Local Equity Program. MCA has concerns with the management of the program thus far and asks the Board to consider these concerns prior to approving any additional funds for the organization.

CLICK HERE to read the full Memo.

If you support our position, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 

To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using for submissions.

YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR EACH AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the August 16th meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public expression/public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for.

YOU MUST LEAVE ONE MESSAGE PER AGENDA ITEM. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!

2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 8-16-22 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom Webinar

Zoom Webinar ID: 836 2444 4504
Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 1 669 900 9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the items that you’re writing about in your Email Subject

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support! 

MCA Memo for 07-26 BoS Meeting re: Satellite Imagery

In advance of tomorrow’s BoS meeting we have prepared the attached memo for item 3m regarding the Satellite Imagery system being purchased by MCD, and the importance for developing a clear protocol that ensures it is not used for anything but the explicit purpose of the LJAGP. 

Given County Counsel’s most recent concerns about misuse of funds for the equity grant by applicants, we believe that same scrutiny must be placed on the administration of the LJAGP funds by MCD and the County.

CLICK HERE to read the Memo.

If you support our positions, please share that support with the Board of Supervisors. 

To leave any written public comment, first you must CLICK HERE to register with Granicus. Once you have registered, you will be able to sign in and make comments on all agenda items. Moving forward, we will provide links for each agenda item to comment on, so it’s worth your time to sign up now since this is the system the County will be using for submissions.

YOU MUST MAKE AN INDIVIDUAL COMMENT FOR THE AGENDA ITEM YOU WANT TO ADDRESS. CLICK THE ITEM BELOW FOR THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENT.

If you would also like to make a verbal comment (we recommend it!) on any or all of these items, there are two options.

1. If you would like to leave a message for the Board of Supervisors to be played during the meeting, you can leave a voicemail comment

 – Call 707-234-6333 and leave a voice message, up to 2 minutes in length, to be played during public comment, as it relates to the agenda.

– Speak clearly, being sure to state your full name, District #, and which agenda item you are calling for. MESSAGES MUST BE LEFT BY 7AM ON THE DAY OF THE MEETING TO BE SAFE.

– Anonymous phone messages will not be played back during the meeting!

2. Join the Zoom Webinar on 07-26-22 and use the “raise hand” feature when Public Comment is called. For details and complete list of the latest available options by which to engage with agenda items, please CLICK HERE  

CLICK HERE to Join Zoom

Zoom Webinar ID: 815 3589 2009 

Zoom Phone Number (if joining via telephone): 669-900-9128

Please also feel free to email your District Supervisor with your comments!

Make sure to include the agenda item that you’re writing about in your Email Subject.

District 4 – Dan Gjerde gjerde@mendocinocounty.org,

District 3 – John Haschak haschakj@mendocinocounty.org,

District 1 – Glenn McGourty mcgourtyg@mendocinocounty.org,

District 2 – Mo Mulheren mulherenm@mendocinocounty.org,

District 5 – Ted Williams williamst@mendocinocounty.org

All Supervisors: bos@mendocinocounty.org

Thank you for your support!

Origins Council Comments on DCC Proposed Regulations

Linked below are the Origins Council comments on the proposed DCC Regulations.  These comments have been submitted to the DCC on behalf of the nearly 900 combined OC Members from our six partner organizations: 

  • Big Sur Farmers Association
  • Humboldt County Growers Alliance
  • Nevada County Cannabis Alliance
  • Mendocino Cannabis Alliance
  • Sonoma County Growers Alliance
  • Trinity County Agriculture Alliance

This process was truly collaborative, with participation from many of our members, and we’re grateful for everyone who was able to spend some time sharing your thoughts.  

CLICK HERE to review the comments.

Our sincere appreciation goes to Hannah Nelson (Senior Policy Advisor for MCA and Advisor to Origins Council), Ross Gordon (Policy Director for HCGA and Policy Chair for Origins Council), Genine Coleman (Executive Director for Origins Council) and the entire OC Policy Committee for their considerable efforts in bringing this document to life.

Hannah Nelson also submitted her own letter of comments that you can CLICK HERE to read.

We are truly stronger together! 

If you would like to support the efforts of Origins Council directly, you can CLICK HERE to donate.

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