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Sonoma County, Calif. embraces craft cannabis

July 19, 2017
Paul Chinn, The Chronicle SOURCE: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle

Sonoma County--California’s premier destination for top-tier beer, wine, and fine dining--is vying to become the state’s leader in producing craft cannabis.

Although cities and counties across the state prohibit the sale and cultivation of medical cannabis within their municipalities, Sonoma County, by contrast, plans to embrace the medical marijuana industry, and likely, the recreational marijuana industry, a recent article from the San Francisco Chronicle explains.

On June 30th, for example, Santa Rosa released a draft ordinance that sets zoning guidelines for medical marijuana within the city. The ordinance, if approved, would dissolve the city's two-dispensary cap and would allow the manufacture of hash oil and tinctures, or cannabis-infused alcohols.

The county’s choice to allow the cultivation of quality cannabis means that it will compete with the state’s largest cannabis-producing region, the counties of Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt, an area known as the Emerald Triangle.

Skyler Galauski trims tops from organically grown marijuana plants at the SPARC cannabis farm in Glen Ellen​.​
Paul Chinn, The Chronicle
Skyler Galauski trims tops from organically grown marijuana plants at the SPARC cannabis farm in Glen Ellen.

Most cannabis grows within Sonoma county are small-scale, less than an acre, according to Tim Ricard, the cannabis program manager for Sonoma County. And in essence, entrepreneurs will produce cannabis with the same spirit that the region applies to its craft beer and wine.

“Why are Sonoma and Napa county so strong in the craft beer and artisanal wine industries?” said Terry Garrett, the interim executive director of the Sonoma Growers Alliance. “It's because we have that independent nature and creative sense that produces connoisseurs and people who want to take that extra step toward perfection.”

Read the full story at SFChronicle.com.