In recognition of the new post Prop 64 and SB94 realities we want the County to consider the adoption of a fourth policy goal relative to local cannabis:
Foster and support the economic sustainability of the local cannabis trade
In the short term Green Trade will continue to advocate for County action in the following areas:
- Ensuring that local cannabis businesses in good standing are eligible to apply for state licenses at the earliest opportunity (Jan 1, 2018?)
- Aligning the local ordinance with SB94, particularly definitions and license types
- Creating a sustainable local tax policy
- Creating a representative advisory board of stakeholders
- Ensuring that WAMM is protected and eligible for state licensing
Among the specific actions we believe should be considered as soon as possible:
- Creation of a registration program for manufacturers, distributors, transporters, nurseries and testing labs as a first step to allow local businesses to apply for state licensing.
- Adoption of an emergency ordinance providing for interim or provisional authorization allowing local businesses in good standing to be eligible to apply for a state license.
- Amend cultivation and manufacturing ordinances to more closely align with State law
- Include cottage licensing
- Strengthen the environmental best practices to reduce the use of pesticides, runoff, stream diversion, etc.. Maintain the ban on genetically modified cannabis.
- Appoint an advisory group of stakeholders to study and make recommendations on a sustainable tax policy, code enforcement and other issues