From TCA director, Kira Tucker:
I propose a multi-phase roll-out ordinance process. This process would:
- Prioritize the basic business structures needed for simple seed to sale with 5 main classes of licenses, and relative sub-licenses immediately in phase 1.
- Collect permit fees from businesses to build a nimble administration for managing the regulated industry.
- Implement a tax measure in tandem to harness the industry's tax revenue for use from the general fund for local works projects, infrastructure maintenance, school funding, enforcement expansion, and other areas of need in our community.
- Immediately restrict the influx of cannabusinesses with a moratorium, regulatory requirements, and any other applicable and necessary efforts to limit the impact on the local culture and environment.
- Harmonize the personal grow limits between medical and recreational without any appearance of political backsliding on status quo or against the state and local voting majorities.
- Allow for a graduated process into larger business models through addition of license types as commissions are gathered and research is evaluated to allow for growth of the industry and consequently the entire county economy in phase 2.
- Require proper control, packaging, and labeling of cannabis products to protect children.
- Get local law enforcement and youth education projects in the running for more earmarked funding by the State by shifting from a commercial ban to regulation.
- Incentivize cannabis business owners to invest in Tuolumne County rather than seek legitimacy by relocating to a regulating county.
And we do this by offering the structuring and licensing available locally ASAP that then would get them in the running for state licensing in 2018.
- Type 4: Nursery. Nurseries would maintain and supply a library of genetics to farmers and consumers; this would free up farmers to focus on cultivating, give safe access, better strain awareness, and bring high quality plants and clones to patients and consumers alike.
- Type 10A: Dispensary, (limit of 3). Dispensaries operating in certain restricted zoning areas would give safe, moderated access to patients and consumers who are currently disenfranchised by their disabilities, property location, landlord control, lack of safe cultivation knowledge, economic status, or anything else that keeps them from having a garden to grow their own medicine.
- Type 11: Distribution. Distribution is essential for the flow of business and is supported by track and trace programs already available by many software companies.
- Type 6: Manufacturing. Manufacturing extracts such as oil, rosin, edibles, and topical balms would provide a spectrum of safe and healthier medicinal cannabis products to the public other than raw cannabis for smoking. It is known that the future of safe cannabis products is in concentrate manufacturing.
- All types of commercial cultivation licenses type 1-2B: this would allow for expansion of current business models with the capital to participate in a competitive market.
- Specifically allow type 1C Cottage Cultivation: This will help to segue the current maximum cannabis cultivation metric of 24 plants per parcel to commercial requirements by square footage with zoning considerations to best maintain the current status quo of the ordinance as it is.
- And finally, phase 1 would harmonize personal grow limits for medical or recreational to 6 plants, indoors or outdoors depending on current location, zoning, and setback requirements. Within the incorporated area of Sonora, 6 plants indoors for personal use must be allowed according to state law.
- It is imperative that commercial licensing roll-out happens BEFORE altering the status quo.
- Type 3, 3A, and 3B: larger types of cultivation licenses.
- Type 10: more dispensaries if needed, and possibly tasting rooms.
- Type 12: transportation licenses to increase the flow of product and continue to build businesses.
- Type 7: volatile solvent manufacturing licenses, if not permitted in phase 1.
- Type 8: testing licenses to guarantee purity of products locally rather than ship out of county to other labs.
- End or "set up" any residency moratoriums placed on any or all phase 1 license types in place to mitigate any "land-rush" effects, thus opening up for business growth and expansion.
- Fully and finally end prohibition of cannabis.
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