SONOMA CITY COUNCIL  HAS TOUGH CANNABIS DECISION AT  MONDAY, JULY 23 MEETING Jul19

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SONOMA CITY COUNCIL HAS TOUGH CANNABIS DECISION AT MONDAY, JULY 23 MEETING

Who: Jon Early and Sonoma Citizens for Local Access Ballot Initiative on Sonoma Council agenda

What: After certifying the validity of over 800 signatures (County and City of Sonoma), The Sonoma Council has three (3) choices:

Adopt the Ballot Initiative now, unaltered, and make it a City ordinance.

Send the Ballot Initiative on to the Nov. 6th election for the people to decide.

Ask for a 30-day impact study which will not do anything but delay the peoples’ vote.

Where: Sonoma City Council Chambers 177 First Street West

https://sonomacity.civicweb.net/Portal/

When: 6 pm, Monday, July 23

Why: The City of Sonoma and the City Council has so far been unable to agree on, implement or confirm any upcoming ordinance that will allow its citizens to locally access legal cannabis as an informed adult choice and for a multitude of medicinal purposes in the face of overwhelming support from the citizenry.  The citizens of Sonoma already supported the passage of Prop. 64 legalizing cannabis in California by over 61% of the votes cast in 2016 with legalization implemented on January 1, 2018, a virtual mandate.  Certainly, the number of citizens supporting local access has since risen, clearly evidenced by the very strong and obvious support by attendees at a recent Town Hall meeting sponsored by the City of Sonoma itself.

Jurisdictions, such as the City of Sonoma, do have a right to do nothing about the lack of local cannabis access, for whatever reason, but doing nothing or creating burdensome access restrictions does not serve its citizens properly, fairly or completely.

It is time for the Citizens of Sonoma to have a direct and democratic say-so in this matter with a proposed voter-approved ordinance that seeks a workable and functional balance for all and serves as a live-and-let-live approach regardless of whether one does or does not wish to participate in the individual right to cannabis access.