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Draft EIR Released, New Licensing Mgr Appointed, Public Event 9/13

A marketing campaign to “Support Santa Cruz Cannabis” will kick off with a gathering of cannabis advocates, local businesses leaders and government officials on Wednesday, September 13, 7 PM at the Resource Center for NonViolence on Ocean St Santa Cruz.

The newly appointed County Cannabis Licensing Manager Robin Bolster-Grant will be on hand along with other officials from the city and county.  GreenTrade Santa Cruz, a coalition of local cannabis related businesses, will present their vision for how Santa Cruz businesses will capture their share of what is estimated to be a $5 to $10 billion industry.  

“Santa Cruz County is well positioned to lead the state into this new era.”  says Pat Malo, Executive Director of GreenTrade Santa Cruz and host of the event.  “The County was among the first jurisdictions in the state to embrace legalization and begin the hard work of creating a regulatory framework to allow local businesses to seek state licenses. Other areas may boast about the amount of product they produce but Santa Cruz has always been about quality.  Our regulatory process reflects our desire to create a sustainable, environmentally responsible and socially conscious cannabis trade – one that we can all take pride in.”

With today’s release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report the stage is set for final adoption of local ordinances specifying the parameters businesses will need to meet in order to be eligible for state licenses. A public presentation on the DEIR will be held on Sept 6 at 6:30 at the County Office Building. Public comments will be accepted through October 16th.

There is a lot of work that still needs to be done at the state and local level before the largest legal cannabis market in the world opens on Jan 2 2018.   

On Tuesday Sept 12th, the Board of Supervisors will hear reports from County staff on the status of dispensary licensing, a proposed new ordinance for processors, taxation issues and the steps which still need to be taken to ensure compliant local businesses are able to apply for state licenses.