1. This Initiative would establish a 13 member commission to advise the Board of Supervisors on new policies to regulate and tax cannabis.
2. Recommends that the Commission consist of 13 members made up of small farmers, patients, health care providers, business owners, realtors, regulatory agencies such as the Water Board, non-profits and other sectors interested in supporting a well-regulated and thriving cannabis industry.
3. This initiative creates a voter-mandated community-based Cannabis Commission to oversee county regulatory policy governing small cannabis farms, based on a tier system of income/geographical location/water use/etc.
4. Includes exemptions for family gardens growing for home use, not for sale.
Includes respect for the environment; protection of the ecosystem.
5. Make sure Mendocino County’s interests are represented in the new statewide medical regulations of 2015 and the anticipated adult-use legalization of cannabis in 2016.
6. Establishes system of appellations honoring treasured local strains, unique to Mendocino County and the Emerald Triangle.
7. Place cannabis under the authority of the Dept. of Agriculture and take it out of the “nuisance category” in which it is under the purview of law enforcement.
8. Create categories within cannabis cultivation that distinguishes between artisanal, craft strains grown by local farmers for commercial benefit to our whole community, to small farmers to family gardens that provide cannabis for personal use and are exempt from the tax and regulate structure.
9. Advise and work with the Board of Supervisors to create tax and fee structures that are fair to every participant in the new, legal cannabis industry and that provide exemptions for not-for-sale family gardens and home use. This is transitional toward a modest form of legalization for many families to ease them into a regulatory system following prohibition that allows them to grow small amounts of home grown for annual home use similar to the annual exemption for home brew–100 gal. per person per year.