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D.A. candidates tackle medical pot at Santa Rosa forum

Sonoma County’s top prosecutor and the challenger seeking to unseat her signaled widespread support for medical marijuana at a candidates forum Wednesday. But the pair occasionally diverged on how to police a drug that is legal for medicinal use in California but also generates criminal activity, in part because it is banned elsewhere and at the federal level.

Supervisors reject pot dispensary south of Santa Rosa

Sonoma County supervisors rejected a proposed medical marijuana dispensary south of Santa Rosa on Tuesday, saying it was too close to a residential area and two school bus stops.

Santa Rosa eases rules on medical pot

Santa Rosa relaxed its restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries Tuesday, eliminating rules that advocates said were outdated and limited patients’ ability to obtain their cannabis locally.

Santa Rosa to relax restrictions on pot dispensaries

Santa Rosa is set to relax its restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries, including removing the 500-patient cap and extending the hours of operation.

Sebastopol’s new mayor puts city on medical marijuana map

Left-leaning Sebastopol has elected Green Party candidates to the City Council, fought PG&E SmartMeters and declared itself a nuclear-free zone.

Healdsburg wrestling with pot-growing guidelines

In the heart of Wine Country, where harvest time produces pungent scents of fermenting grapes, the conversation these days is about another odor — that of skunk-like budding marijuana plants.

The harvest is still months away, but wine-centric Healdsburg is wrestling with guidelines for medical marijuana cultivation and whether to confine it indoors.

The intent behind keeping cultivation indoors is not only to suppress the smell, but to discourage burglaries and even violence.

Healdsburg considering new rules for growing medical marijuana

Healdsburg soon could become the second city in Sonoma County to set rules for growing medical marijuana. Under regulations proposed by Police Chief Kevin Burke, patients could grow up to 12 mature plants and 24 immature ones — twice what state law allows.

Annexing Roseland among items on Santa Rosa council’s to-do list

Santa Rosa’s City Council is planning to tackle some thorny issues in the next two years, including the annexation of Roseland, requiring labor agreements on public projects and relaxing the city’s medicinal marijuana ordinance.

Repeal of medical marijuana guidelines rejected by Sonoma County supervisors

Two members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors failed to push through a proposal to repeal the county’s guidelines on medical marijuana cultivation and possession. After listening for nearly two hours to medical marijuana lawyers, patients and advocates lambast the lack of outreach on the repeal effort, the board voted 5-0 to set it aside.

Cotati pot provider gets OK to expand

Cotati’s only medical cannabis dispensary won permission Wednesday to expand — but most of its growth will come in areas other than marijuana, its owner said. The City Council followed most staff recommendations in approving on a 4-0 vote Mercy Wellness’s request to change restrictions in its use permit.

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