Greetings ASC Friends,
Thank you all for such a tremendous outpour of support! The ASC was successful at bringing in over an hours worth of testimonial to the bennefits and qualities of Medical Cannabis, as well as a generally professional and cohesive atmosphere. Although some gains were made in terms of larger-scale allowances, we also experienced losses in the County's approach towards cannabis cultivation regulation. Whether you agree with it or not, this is a reflection of the ever shifting and changing attitudes towards cannabis by government and the general population. However, please bear in mind that the Association for Standardized Cannabis is working hard to find the best solutions to support the Cannabis Industry and the Patients that it provides for.
To recap, the agenda items that were being discussed revolved directly around two major topics; 1. The allocation of tax revenues collected by the Cannabis Business Taxes, and 2. A review on the Cultivation Ordinance and recommendations on ammendments. Although there was a tremendous outpour of people supporting and defending the production and use of Medical Cannabis, there were only a handful of individuals who actually spoke to the specific two items at hand, several of those indivudals being people who were against cannabis cultivation happening in their neighborhoods.
After a great deal of public comment, Supervisor Neil Coonerty presented his suggested ammendments to the County Cultivation Ordinance. His first suggestion was to shift the Outdoor production of Medical Cannabis from rural residential areas to Ag and Commercial Ag, and Indoor cultivation from residences to up to 5000 sf in Commercial and Industrial areas of the County and operated directly by collectives in compliance who are current with the Cannabis Business Tax. In addition, Supervisor Coonerty also recommended that the County Ordinance maintain a Personal Cultivation Space of 100 SF per parcel for individual patients. Finally, Coonerty made a motion to remove the 99 Plant Limit, as it is unrealistic for the production needs for cultivators. The term "Closed Loop Operation" was used on a number of occasions, both by growers and County officials. Growers and Dispensary operators were generally in opposition of the "Closed Loop Model", but County Supervisors, Code Compliance and Non-Cannabis Industry groups appeard to support it. Seconded by Supervisor John Leopold, the motion was voted on and passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.
The ASC is a firm believer and supporter of the Medical Cannabis Cottage Industry, as it has been the backbone of the Medical Cannabis Movement for many years of prohibition. We are working hard to fight for your rights as medical cannabis patients to produce medicine in the safety of your own homes and properties, and believe that this model is one that supports the greatest genetic and medical diversity that the industry can provide. However, the ASC also is working hard to strike a ballance between the Cottage Industry and the rights and concerns of land owners, neighborhoods and families who are not in support of having medical cannabis cultivated commercially in their immediate areas. This is often a tenuous situation, and one that the ASC is fully engaged in, in order to bring the Medical Cananbis Industry into the light of day; into regulation, taxation, and legitimization.
Thank you for your continued support and involvement, and we look forward to working with you for many years as this industry grows and integrates into our communities and economy.