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Community Group Meeting (Industry Professionals) - Shared screen with gallery view
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Will this chat also be part of the public record?
Crystal Acker
Scott Orr
Herman G Hernandez
Make sure to incorporate all of the work that went into the original revision work of the ordinance from 2019 - 2021.
Herman G Hernandez
"Adjacent to agricultural land" means within 300 feet of agricultural land. Hemp you can grow under the Rights to Farm. It smells and looks exactly like cannabis. Why treat cannabis any different?
Craig Litwin 421 Group
I affirm what Jake is saying about supporting generational agriculture.
AnnaRae Grabstein
Topics I’d like to discuss: Building in flexibility to evolve the program with State/Fed changes and not creating duplicative policy, Tax reform, Ownership/Canopy limitations, Veg/Propagative limitations, improving the land use tables, CEQA scope
Herman G Hernandez
Utilizing GIS mapping department -- lay out all ag lands, then add all the restrictions and setback to cannabis so people can visually see that their fears far outweigh what is possible to do in terms of cultivation and farming of cannabis.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
We should line up with the state regs, and soon to come fed regs, and not make duplicative processes. I affirm what Anna Rae is saying.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Craig Litwin 421 Group
It makes sense to write the ordinance in a way that can be flexible for future state/federal rule changes that does not require the BOS to amend the ordinance.
Herman G Hernandez
Keep water as is -- lets use science over emotions. If a site is proposed in Zone 3 or Zone 4 groundwater, then hydrogeological studies should show “Net Zero '' increase in groundwater use either by replacement of existing agricultural uses with cannabis, or use of recycled water for irrigation.
AnnaRae Grabstein
Suggest to align setbacks with Hemp
AnnaRae Grabstein
To respond to Crystal- You can’t operate until you get a State license and meet the requirements so it is a condition of your land use permit.
Lorrane Knapp Pascarella
Cultivators are currently subject to having biotic resources studies, cultural resource studies, and hydrogeological resource studies. The reports provided by qualified professionals for the permitting and state licensing process for cultivators should drive where cannabis is located on a site-by-site basis. If a cultivator can provide mitigations - such as eliminating some other irrigation use on a property - for “Net Zero” classification in Zone 3 or 4 water areas, this should be taken into consideration as a positive land use.
Lorrane Knapp Pascarella
Cannabis cultivators are subject to multiple layers of state regulations and enforcement through the Department of Cannabis Control (Formerly CDFA CalCannabis, Bureau of Cannabis Control and California Department of Health separately regulated cultivation, manufacturing and distribution now merged to DCC), in addition to California State Water Resources Control Board and Department of Fish and Wildlife which provide stringent environmental oversight. The County should seek to align as closely with state regulations that are already in place and effective to maintain streamlined inspections and enforcement systems.
Lorrane Knapp Pascarella
Any and all potential mitigations that cultivators can implement must be taken into consideration with respect to any special findings in the EIR.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Taxes should be reduced, especially for mixed lights.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Mixid light that does use artificial light (where they pull tarps) should be taxed as outdoor. Mixed light with supplemental light is true mixed light.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Retyping: Mixed light that does NOT use artificial light (where they pull tarps) should be taxed as outdoor. Mixed light with supplemental light is true mixed light.
AnnaRae Grabstein
Agree with Craig that tax reform should be on the table. All cultivation taxes should be reduced.
Craig Litwin 421 Group
Thank you
AnnaRae Grabstein
Thank you!