Over the past ten days we have met with John Leopold, Chair of the Board of Supervisors; Robin Musitelli, aide to Supervisor McPherson, Rachel Dann, aide to Supervisor Coonerty, County Chief Administrator Carlos Palacio, and his staff including Melodye Serino, and Loretta Moreno.
There have also been meetings with Santa Cruz City officials.
Our primary goal has been to ensure that action is taken soon to ensure local businesses wishing to seek state licensing are eligible to apply at the earliest opportunity and that as many businesses as possible receive the necessary local authorizations to continue operations when the regulated state market opens in January and the application period closes in July.
We have proposed an expedited determination by local authorities of the form that this authorization will take. The criteria for determining which entities will be eligible for this authorization will still need to be determined.
We are confident that our local officials are not only aware of the need for quick action but are actively seeking an appropriate solution.
On Thursday we learned that the draft EIR will be made available for a 45 day public comment period sometime next week (Thurs or Fri). The draft will be first presented to the Planning and Agriculture Commissions on Sept 6th. A public presentation is scheduled for that evening at 7PM in the BOS chambers at the County Office Building.
On Tues Sept 12 the Board of Supervisors will receive reports from staff on various cannabis related issues including an update on dispensary licensing, the draft manufacturing ordinance, and taxation.
We believe that staff will be ready to discuss some course of action on an interim authorization as soon as the following Board meeting on Sept 19.
Be sure and save the date for the next GreenTrade general meeting; Sept 13, 7PM at the Resource Center for NonViolence. We want as large a turnout as possible to kick off our “Support Santa Cruz Cannabis” campaign.