Planning Commission Meeting Tonight 6pm

REMINDER:

Tonight at 6pm Planning Commission meeting in Board Chambers, 4th floor of 2 S. Green St. Sonora, CA 95370

The cannabis agenda is to review the re-drafted ordinance to include language prohibiting commercial cannabis activity in the county.  Please note that the language regarding our current growing permissions for personal medical cultivation HAVE NOT CHANGED.

The proposed express ban can be read here:

http://www.tuolumnecounty.ca.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/12212016-854

The TCA think tank (soon to be board) has conceded the need for an express ban on commercial activity because AUMA does not included permissive use legalese like MCRSA; if it is not banned, it is loosely allowed and we do not have any regulatory structures in place to license, monitor, or tax commercial cannabis businesses.  There is an ad hoc committee yet to meet for the purpose of deciding what those regulatory structures will be for Tuolumne County.  This is essential for any cannabis business owner to get in the running for the state licensing slated to start in 2018.  We need local laws and permitting to be state compliant.

HOWEVER!  There is NO sunset date listed for commercial cultivation.  The ad hoc committee has been put off for almost six months now, and there is concern in the community that the board is merely trying to run out the clock with inaction. We need a deadline to force the board of supervisors to act and get an ordinance voted in ASAP.  We also need to insist that the commercial cannabis ad hoc committee meet in January right after our new Community Resources Agency director is sworn in to his office. We have a lot of work to do to get it right, and we need to start now.

Bring your story of how your business can not move forward until we have our commercial ordinance.  Share the nature of your investment potential and how cannabis can impact Tuolumne in a positive way.  Tell the commission your concerns of ensuring that the local government to step up to the plate and perform its sworn duties.  

Please come to the meeting in your green TCA shirt, or if you can’t attend in person, email your position and ideas to the CRA here:  communityresources@tuolumnecounty.ca.gov